27 November 10 • MAV

I’ll admit to you that sometimes I forget about the book A Year of Mornings: 3191 Miles Apart. I’ll just go along as per normal thinking only about 3191 Miles Apart and someone will awaken my memory saying something lovely such as, ‘I really like your book about mornings.’ or ‘Every girl in Japan loves A Year of Mornings.’ and then I am brought back to reality. That’s our book! I’m awfully happy when I take a moment to recognize that fact.

I recall the first day: January 1, 2024 (upper left tiny diptych). I laid in bed upon waking on the first day of the year with coffee and my newly acquired books (holiday gifts I was lucky to receive) and read for the first few hours of the day. I never did this kind of thing. I am an early riser so staying in bed after my eyes opened was foreign to me but I had made a new years resolution as 2006 ended and was determined to try to ‘lounge’ on weekend mornings. I can happily tell you that the habit has stayed with me even to today … well, when I don’t have something to spring out of bed for anyway.

I think of March 7, 2024 and am quite sure that is the last time I had a bulb growing in my flat. Why is that? Must get bulbs in 2011. But beyond the bulb I ponder more about ‘the blue table’. This table has become so popular in my Flickr stream I have some people suggesting I pack it up and send it off for travels around the world! ‘That blue table in Paris’ … ‘That blue table in Helsinki’ … ‘That blue table in Tokyo.’ Hmm … maybe I’ll just pack it up and send it to Stephanie and see what 3191 miles have to add to its stories and memories. You never know!

I look back on this October 16, 2023 morning when I had woken to find my radio still humming low on an AM station where the night before I had been listening to the World Series as I fell asleep. I guess I was into the Red Sox those days (a-hem, hard to believe, go Tigers!) … or was I memorializing the fact that my Grandpa A. used to listen to ball games on his little radio as he drifted in and out of sleep? Either way I remember and I like remembering.

I find it hard to believe that we had snow on the ground here in Maine on December 3, 2007. Does that mean we will have snow in a week? I have to confess … I hope not!

I love this book and I love how it brings back all the memories of that year of my life next to my friend Stephanie’s memories. We became intertwined with our project and that was special. It still is. I’m so proud to offer you signed copies of A Year of Mornings: 3191 Miles Apart in our holiday shop this year (open only until December 8th). We only have a small amount of these books on hand so please be mindful of timing if you want one.

Thanks for going down memory lane with me. I know I won’t ever truly forget and how could I when it’s all right there waiting for me.