I read this the first night in Washington from California and in a way it spoke to my situation in life right now…
From the Wind in the Willows ~ by Kenneth Grahame
“The weary Mole also was glad to turn in without delay, and soon had his head on his pillow, in great joy and contentment. But ere he closed his eyes he let them wander round his old room, mellow in the glow of the firelight that played or rested on familiar and friendly things which had long been unconsciously a part of him, and now smilingly received him back, without rancour. He was now in just the frame of mind that the tactful Rat had quietly worked to bring about in him. He saw clearly how plain and simple – how narrow, even – it all was; but clearly, too, how much it all meant to him, and the special value of some such anchorage in one’s existence. He did not at all want to abandon the new life and its splendid spaces, to turn back on sun and air and all they offered him and creep home and stay there; the upper world was all too strong, it called to him still, even down there, and he knew he must return to the larger stage. But it was good to think he had this to come back to, this place which was all his own, these things which were so glad to see him again and could always be counted upon for the same simple welcome.”
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7 thoughts on “The Wind in the Willows ~ Grahame”
Oh, that IS a welcoming room–and not just to familiar eyes! I’d like to sit down with a cup of coffee with you and chat in that kitchen! : D
Ah, home sweet home. And I’d be so happy to join you and Kim in your warm and welcoming kitchen!
Oh sister I hear you on that one!!! Great quote.
What a beautiful and cozy quote! Thank you for sharing it!
I love that quote from WITW!
I just love that story! And that passage you chose for your homecoming….I can understand just how you felt. That is a very charming kitchen too!
What a sweet passage. And your kitchen does look very welcoming. Your home has been wondering where you were!