Sunday, February 01, 2015
It's only a marble
"What's in your pocket?" says Cordelia.
"Nothing," I say. "It's only a marble."
It's marble season; everyone has marbles in their pockets. Cordelia lets it pass. She doesn't know what power this cat's eye has, to protect me.
These words are from chapter 27 of the novel Cat's Eye by Margaret Atwood. They are the voice of a nine year old girl who grows up to be an artist. The top paragraph reminds me how each of us need and find personal amulets, the lower of my own feelings when I leave the city and come back to my rural home.
the images are of two antique Turkish towels I was able to view close up when we were in Chicago. They are part of the school of the art institute's textile collection.