The Mole

Portland sunset over the Willamette River

"The Mole had been working very hard all the morning, spring-cleaning his little home. First with brooms, then with dusters; then on ladders and steps and chairs, with a brush and a pail of whitewash; till he had dust in his throat and eyes, and splashes of whitewash all over his black fur, and an aching back and weary arms. Spring was moving in the air above and in the earth below and around him, penetrating even his dark and lowly little house with its spirit of divine discontent and longing. It was small wonder, then, that he suddenly flung down his brush on the floor, said, "Bother!" and "O blow!" and also "Hang spring-cleaning!" and bolted out of the house without even waiting to put on his coat. Something up above was calling him imperiously, and he made for the steep little tunnel which answered in his case to the gravelled carriage-drive owned by animals whose residences are nearer to the sun and air. So he scraped and scratched and scrabbled and scrooged, and then he scrooged again and scrabbled and scratched and scraped, working busily with his little paws and muttering to himself, "Up we go! Up we go!" till at last, pop! his snout came out into the sunlight and he found himself rolling in the warm grass of a great meadow."

- Kenneth Graham, The Wind in the Willows

Wild daisies from the brownfield near my studio.

I've been feeling so like Mole lately, and I really should be listening to the call of River Rat.

I managed to pry myself away from my studio for a few moments and a stroll at sunset Sunday. I walked down to my favorite brownfield, reclaimed by wildflowers and blackberry overlooking the Willamette River. I couldn't help myself but to pluck some of the wild daisies and bring them home.

Maybe next time Ratty will take me out on his boat.