Contained

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Inside tiny bottles, the girls and I have been creating little worlds.  We’ve fallen in love with terrariums, particularly those of the smallest variety.

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My interest in these little jars of life seems somehow tied up with my recent questions over my work and my future.  It is as if I can let myself imagine a series of different worlds — each completely contained.  While my fingers are occupied with tiny bits of moss and lichen, I sift through possibilities in my mind and imagine a dozen different paths.  How can I be simultaneously so centered and so utterly unsure?

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One by one, we’ve given the terrariums away, and I’ve watched the bottles on our window stills and dinning room table dwindle . . .

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What will I do when I am left with just one?  One container?  One life?

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