Wednesday, January 27, 2010

The Diaries of Adam & Eve / Mark Twain

i've always had this fascination with God's first creation. When i was little, i used to be so mad at Eve for ruining His perfection. I would see pictures of lions cuddling with lambs in my childhood Bible and i wished with all my might that it was still this way.

i had a crazy professor (as most smart college literary types are) who was such a character. He wore black socks with sandals and would jump up on the desk to prove a point in English Literature. He was a detailed grader and would write his notes in the margins of each paper you turned in, wanting so much for you to perfect your thoughts. For this, i will never forget my first A in his class- no notes... a perfect A. The paper? over "Paradise Lost" by John Milton.

during college, i also started seeing someone who was not mine to have.

[It is my one great regret in life.] I created an email for him to write me forbidden fruitless words of lust. My email account name was registered under Eve.

it is a story i know well.

While exploring the Book Shop, up in my arms went a book i have always wanted by the brilliant Mark Twain.

Extracts from Adam's Diary
Ten Years Later

"After all these years, I see I was mistaken about Eve in the beginning;

it is better to live outside the Garden with her than

inside it without her."

-pg 89


Marisa said...

"it is better to live outside the Garden with her than inside it without her."
m - how amazing is that...

From our first connection I have always admired your ability to really see yourself, faults and all. It is such a wonderful quality bestie. I think this "regret" has helped build the wonderful person you are today...

Krissa said...

wow....i love that!!!! awesome!!!!

J. said...

LOVE this. Amazing words, as always.
I must know... what professor are you speaking of?

Carrie said...

Aw, I love the excerpt. :)

Elizabeth Marie said...

This is really making me think...I'm going through a stage where I'm really looking at myself in the mirror and wanting to change (not physically) what I see...but also just learn to be happy with myself. It's such a hard place to be!

Megan said...

Great post, I love the quote at the end.

Micaela said...

M, i was nervous to post this and so i'm thankful for your first comment. YOU get me (not an easy task, ask my DF ha) i love you and i'm so glad you posted first.


J, (btw, I LOVE your hair!!!) Marianne knew EXACTLY who i was talking about- Dr. Fields!!! ahhh remember him? did you ever have him? such a character and THE hardest grader.

Liz, SUCH a hard place to be.

jozen said...

wow micaela, your "the other women" post was so open and honest...i am in awe of your courage.

thanks so much for sharing.

Jayne said...

Beautiful excerpt, Micaela! If you're into Mark Twain, you might be interested in seeing this. It's HILARIOUS!

Erin said...

I am always impressed by your honesty, by how open you are and how willing to accept the consequences of telling the truth, of sharing yourself with others.

All of it helps you to grow and become even more amazing.

Annie Cristina said...

I was first introduced to that story by my boyf, who is a huge Twain fanatic. Needless to say, I loved it. Now I make my students read it ... and inevitably they wind up loving it, too, boys and girls alike. :)

Micaela said...

Jayne, i love that website!!! my favourite is the one from Frida. "Adieu, adieu, adieu!" - too funny! thanks for sharing :)

Erin, thank you. It's scary putting yourself (especially your hurt) out there. It helps to have support from friends like you. Thank-you for your comment, and you too Jozen. It means a lot.

Annie, i think it's amazing what you do. I love that you have them read this one. It's very interesting isn't it?

Em-Jae said...

beautiful quote.

i've always been incredibly intrigued by the adam-and-eve story as well... sounds like i should get my paws on that book!

Red Boots said...

I adore Paradise Lost by Milton. Such an uplifting book.

And I really admire your honesty. Your posts are so eloquently written. I can almost feel your pain and regret in your words.

I'm glad you've found true true happiness now: you deserve it.


lindsey said...

oh i just love that! read it recently! love!

Gene aka twaintoday said...

The Diaries is one of my favorite Mark Twain books.

They are so much different than the books that most people think of when you think of Mark Twain (such as Tom Sawyer or Huck Finn)

I love how he brings them together and they seem so much like any couple you might meet today.

Gene aka TwainToday

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