every configuration of people is an entirely new universe unto itself
I just finished reading Kristin Cashore's new book, "Bitterblue", and found it entertaining and thoughtful, with a wide range of interesting characters. This quote stuck with me. It's taken from a scene in which the Queen (Bitterblue), sits down to dinner with a few others, and on her mind is the topic of Po and Katsa's relationship, turbulent as it may be.
Bitterblue stabbed a mystery pie across the table with her fork and was delighted when it turned out to be made of winter squash. She pushed her plate closer and shoveled herself a generous portion. "It's just that while I'm sure I would like the making up, I don't think I have the heart for constant fighting," she said. "I think I might prefer something--more peaceful in execution."
Giddon cracked a grin. "They do give the impression that no one else has nearly as much fun making up."
"But people do, you know," said Bann, perhaps a bit slyly. "I wouldn't worry about them, Lady Queen, and I wouldn't worry about what it means. Every configuration of people is an entirely new universe unto itself."
Wise words, I think. Anyway, here's a scene from a recent hike up Silver Star Mountain... the light? Was incredible at this particular point in the trail. And I couldn't stop swooning over the wildflowers.
Image made with my Hasselblad 500 C/M.