I was looking through my journal as I was doing some year end cleaning and found this note about Mary Oliver’s lecture at Seattle Arts and Lectures.
What touched Rissa and me the most was her remembrances of her partner Molly Malone Cook, who died several years ago.
As Oliver recalled, “We were talkers — about our work, our pasts, our friends, our ideas ordinary and far-fetched. We would often wake before there was light in the sky and make coffee and let our minds rattle our tongues. We would end in exhaustion and elation. Not many nights or early mornings later, we would do the same. It was a 40-year conversation.”
It’s a beautiful way to look at a relationship — as an ongoing conversation.