Mine is not, I feel sure, the best human solution. […] What I have is space around me, and time around me. How they can be achieved in a marriage is the real question. It is not an easy one to answer. It is harder than it used to be because everything has become speeded up and overcrowded. So everything that slows us down and forces patience, everything that sets us back into the slow cycles of nature, is a help. Gardening is an instrument of grace. […] Is it, au fond, that we try to control too much? Plants, for instance, humanize an interior because they can’t be controlled. – May Sarton, Journal of a solitude