Right now

I am sitting on a bench. One of many on a central street in Madrid. I love finding benches, and am a strong supporter of the fact that there should be more. It’s late evening on a Friday, and the sky is a brilliant blue on my right; a dark, heavy, menacing grey on my left. It might rain. It might not. I have no idea. 
I’m early for my next class. It starts at 19:00 and I arrived at 18:10. So I’m sitting and watching and listening. There are a lot of children around and, surprisingly, the noise level is bearble. The adults all look relaxed and no one is rushing. 
It’s most definitely a Friday afternoon. 
Walking here through an area I have never walked in before, I found an English bookstore. Don’t go in! I said to myself. Don’t spend the money you’re earning on something you don’t need! I have loads of books at home. Two are in my bag right now – one I am finishing, one is ready to start. 
But I pushed the door, and then pulled it (I was wrong the first time) and went down the three steps into oblivion. 
When I emerged, I hadn’t bought the 18€ book I had laid my hands on, nor that other book that I had forgotten about and really wanted. Snuggled comfortably in my (very heavy) bag was a novel by Harper Lee that I didn’t know about. 
Go set a watchman. 

  
There’s a thrush on the cover. Or is it a mockingbird? If it were a mockingbird, it would be a genius cover.    

  
  

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About Full Of Daisies

I am permanently in love. Things I like: purple, pasta, silk, autumn, the smell of mould, candles, cachi, having friends, water, new things, rice, eggs (all eggs!), fresh grass, olive trees, shiny things, glitter, hanging objects, windcatchers, wind, couscous, wasabi, carnivores, presents, snow, leaves, orchids, feathers, cappelletti, meat, fruit (all fruit), more del gelso (Morus alba L.), pigs, candles, christmas, polenta fritta!, separating egg whites from yokes in my hands, cartoons, dragons, the ocean, nudibranchi, cows, mercury (the metal), cosmos (the flowers), thunderstorms, Mika, turtles, acquariums, green and blue (mixed), siccamores, spring, snails, 24, porc with a sweet sauce (apple, cranberry, tomatoes jam), looking at a swimming pool upsidedown and underwater, english accent, open-minded people, driving, blue skies, checkered tablecloths, butterflies, books and cartoons in rhyme, painting eggs, the star-shadows that football players have, silver, laughing, Vivaldi, bells and chimes, white and purple, creating. Complete Happiness: Early morning. Sun, with a breeze; a pond with water lilies. A house, with a garden, full of plants. A vegetable patch, lemon, orange and mandarin trees. Cosmos everywhere. Birds in the trees; a tortoise eating the salad from the vegetable patch; a mammal (I couldn’t decide which one would make me happier) close by. No houses for as far as the eye can see. Me, a man that loves me and that I love. Friends coming over for a lunch that I have to prepare, and have all the ingredients for all ready in the kitchen.

2 comments

  1. This is a very controversial book. The controversy probably overshadows it importance as a book. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/25/opinion/joe-nocera-the-watchman-fraud.html?_r=0

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