'Lightly hold' the beloved places

  Mt. Monadnock, as seen from Peterboro, N.H.

Mt. Monadnock, as seen from Peterboro, N.H.

 "I don't wish for the red house back, not really, yet in a way, I wish for everything back that ever was, everything that once seemed like forever and yet has vanished . . . Standing here on an empty hilltop in New Hampshire, as a bulldozer slowly pushes the debris of a small red house into a neat pile, I allow, just for a moment, the past to push hard against the walls of my heart. Being alive, it seems, means learning to bear the weight of the passing of all things. It means finding a way to lightly hold all the places we've loved and left anyway, all the moments and days and years that have already been lived and lost to memory, even as we live on in the here and now, knowing full well that this moment, too, is already gone. It means, always, allowing for the hard truth of endings. It means, too, keeping faith in beginnings."


-- From Katrina Kenison, a Peterboro, N.H.-based writer. The famous MacDowell Colony artists' retreat is in Peterboro.