I am pleased enough with the surfaces

woman walking barefoot

“I am pleased enough with the surfaces – in fact they alone seem to me to be of much importance. Such things for example as the grasp of a child’s hand in your own, the flavor of an apple, the embrace of a friend or lover, the silk of a girl’s thigh, the sunlight on the rock and leaves, the feel of music, the bark of a tree, the abrasion of granite and sand, the plunge of clear water into a pool, the face of the wind – what else is there? What else do we need?”

– Edward Abbey


  1. Funny, I never defined those moments as ‘surface’, for they are the moments that have touched me the most. I realize of course that but for the definition of the word, I’m basically saying “yes”. Full stop.


  2. It is the simple things that reach inside and touch our souls. What is already here truly is enough. Well, except in the case of one certain someone…maybe the flavor of an apple may not be enough. How’s the diet going? 🙂


  3. That is lovely.


  4. LaDona's Music Studio says:

    Funny. I was thinking exactly the same thing yesterday – but in different words, of course. “Surface” can sound so negative. I like this use of it as a positive – living in the moment, really.


  5. What else do we need?
    To be mindful of these gods


  6. we need so very little in life, think about it.


  7. Makes me feel alive reading that…lovely.


  8. I love that Mounts Bay pic. It certainly does look idyllic. I’m sure the sun used to shine in Cornwall when I was a child, so I’m sure it can manage it again this time when I visit. The movie sounds like it’s a real ‘must see’. I’ll watch out for it. Your gull photo is stunning. They look like they’re made of porcelain. 🙂


  9. ophelia says:

    absolutely lovely, thanks for sharing it


  10. “one of the secrets of a happy life is continuous small treats”, Iris Murdoch. Small treats like the grasp of a child’s hand in your own, the flavor of an apple, the embrace of a friend or lover, etc. Yes–what else is there?


  11. It is always the so-called little things that make the biggest difference. This is lovely David.


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