Sunny对《How to Be a Good Creature》的笔记(1)

How to Be a Good Creature
  • 书名: How to Be a Good Creature
  • 作者: Sy Montgomery
  • 副标题: A Memoir in Thirteen Animals
  • 页数: 208
  • 出版社: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • 出版年: 2018-9-25
  • 第41页

    To begin to understand the life of any animal demands not only curiosity, not only skill, and not only intellect. I saw that I would also need to summon the bond I had forged with Molly. I would need to open not only my mind, but also my heart.

    P 61 (Chris the pig)

    Chris loved his food. He loved the feel of the warm, soapy water of Pig Spa, the caress of little hands on the soft skin behind his ears. He loved company. No matter who you were - a child or an adult, sick or well, bold or shy, or whether you held out a watermelon rind or a hocolate donut or an empty hand to rub behind his ears - he welcomed you with grunts of good cheer.

    p89 the weasel

    But through the force of her will and her intellect, she had transformed it all. But my mother's example, too, had helped me to grow up believing that if anything could be done by a human, it could be done by me. Her achievement was a feat as staggering as an ermine taking down a hen.

    With dazzlingly white fur, a hammering pulse, and a bottomless appetite, the ermine was ablaze with life. LIke a struck match chases away, darkness, this creature's incandecent presence left no room for anger in my heart - for it had been stretched wide with awe, and flooded with the balm of forgiveness.

    P 97 (Tess the border collie)

    Though Tess constantly amazed me with her intelligence, strength, and agility, I think I most clearly saw how richly she blessed me on those dark nights. For unlike most other humans, thanks to Tess, I could voyage, even play, in the pitch blackness. When I was with her, she loaned me her dog superpowers - powers I did not myself possess but had longed for ever since I had first seen them in Molly.

    Though Howard and I were in our forties, the animals with whom we'd shared our vibrant youth were rushing ahead of us into old age. Our days together were numbered.

    The heartache was my own. I was the one who longed for those younger, stronger days, for the magic of her more-than-human gifts of hearing frequencies I could not detect, seeing with surety in the dark. I missed traveling in the slipstream of her superpowers. I was sad - but Tess was not.

    Her tail wagged. Her smile, he ears, her composure, all radiated contentment. Tess didn't feel like chasing or leaping. LIfe was still rich and interesting, redolent with scent, and full of tasty treats and the comfort of being with those she loved. She accepted that now, for some reason, the world had gone largely dark and quiet. But she wasn't worried. Clearly, she understood that somehow we humand could navigate this black and soundless world for her.

    Never before had anyone relied on me so completely. Never before had anyone loved me more deeply. And never before had I experienced grace so profound.

    Her grace was now even more amazing. Hers was the grace to which we appeal when we need strength or compassion of greater-than-human origin. Grace is not merely athletic prowess or elegance of movement. It is also, theologians tell us, the divien ability to regenerate and sanctify, inspire and strengthen: "I once was lost but now am found/ was blind but now I see."

    P 138 Sally the border collie

    This is the gift great souls leave us when they die. They enlarge our hearts. They leave us a greater capacity for love. Thanks to the animals before sally, I adored her with all the love I had for Molly, all the love I felt for Tess, all the love I had for Chris - and all the love I had for this silly, goofy, sweet, smiley, uniquely wonderful new dog.

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