I am currently reading a book called Dandelion Wine. I think I have mentioned my quest to read (or reread) some classic literature over the next few years on the blog before. I actually didn't even know Dandelion Wine was a classic until I found my husbands' copy in the bookshelf with intermittent pencil markings denoting "themes" and "situational paradox." Yeah, I'm glad to be reading it outside of a 7th grade classroom. But, nonethless, I would say that the book's place on the 7th grade summer reading list qualifies it as a classic. I'm glad I picked it up a few weeks ago (it can actually be read in about 2 hours I think but I have a two page maximum after 9 pm) because everything about it is reminiscent of summer. The wonder of summer and of being young. The book consistently references time...and the now. A thing I love. When I read this quote a couple days made me so happy (and thanks to the previous readers' shared appreciation, it was easy to locate again).

"No matter how hard you try to be what you once were, you can only be what you are here and now. Time hypnotizes. When you're nine, you think you've always been nine years old and will always be. When you're thirty, it seems you've always been balanced there on that bright rim of middle life. And then when you turn seventy, you are always and forever seventy. You're in the present, you're trapped in a young now or an old now, but there is no other now to be seen."

This is Rachel. She graduated from high school a week ago. She lives in the now. I have known her for almost five years and I feel pretty darn lucky to have watched her become this. She is incredible. Smart. Full of life. Joyful. And best of all -- she fully embraces who she is in the here and now. I love that about her.

There is no other now...