Despite the excitement of starting a new life, inevitably there are misgivings. Fortunately a friend dropped off a book that steadied my resolve.
“Prodigal Summer” by Barbara Kingsolver follows three women over the course of one summer in Appalachia. Based on their opinions regarding the natural world, each made decisions outside the conventions of their community. It mirrored my own feelings about the arrogance of humans in thinking we are not all part of the same system.
Coincidentally, a book which hid between the desk and the wall during the packing frenzy crawled out last night. “A Walk in the Woods” by Bill Bryson is an account of the author’s attempt to walk the Appalachian Trail. Hilarious to the point of helplessness it also raises questions about man’s place in the world.
I am supposed to be moving to Appalachia?