8.18.2011

HAMMOCK NEST


Have we forgotten the pleasures of dangling snugly, like orioles in basket nests, swaying on the gentlest of breezes? My son Alex pulled this lightweight hammock out of his suitcase one day. He explained that he had taken it out to Central Park and hung out there for a while, before he was shooed out of the trees by monitors, who claim the hammock is harmful, which it isn't. Whenever I walk through the park on hot summer days, I think of the time before air-conditioning, when hundreds of people used to sleep in its cool tree-sheltered embrace. Was the description I read so vivid, or could I have seen a photograph?

At home, Alex is welcome to use the old swamp maple that has been gracing my backyard since I've owned this house. People suggest, from time to time, that the tree is blocking my view, but I have plenty of view of the marsh from other parts of the house, and my view into this tree's depths is equally breath-taking. Hummingbirds nest along its branches, every other bird visits at least ten times a day. And the tree has that strange, horizontal branch perfect for my son's pendant cradle. He spent hours there, studying for his bar exam; I'm sure the peace of his retreat was good for his mind, and his soul. 

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

Whoa ~ I sure hear you about the wonderful invention of the HAMMOCK.

My first experience with this "dream boat" was in Merida in the Mexican Yucatan, where I stayed at some kind of a tourist spot which consisted of a sheltered beach with only hammock accomodations. I was a convert from that time until forever. I have NEVER not had a hammock. In Oakland, CA where outdoor hammock dreaming isn't exactly the thing, I had one strung up in the bay window of my beautiful upstairs bedroom in my old Victorian home.

It always cracked me up that in the Mexican mercado when buying a hammock you are offered either "matrimonial" or a single.
It sets the imagination tumbling to think of the possibilities of married life in a "matrimonial"!!

Wonderfu site, by the way. I have always loved your editorials in the magazine (and honestly subscribed to it just for those), your books of course, and now this blog.

THANK YOU!!

Susana in Cloverdale, Ca

Warren said...

What a wonderful tree. To climb on -- to lean against -- to swing from. To dream and adventure in. Can't imagine your home without it.

I live on an old street shaded by many older doug firs and cedars. I am deeply sad when new neighbors cut them down. The city of Bellevue barely notices, cares or fines. So much for 'green' Seattle.

And shame on those 'friends' of yours who don't realize that the tree MAKES the view!

Elizabeth said...

I want a hammock like that. What a wonderful photo and beautiful place to sit and swing and study and read and savor it all.

Judy Brophy said...

Is there an RSS feed available for your blog? I would love to read it regularly.

Violet Cadburry said...

What a clever boy -- I wish I had had such a lovely spot to cram for the bar exam. Best of luck to him!

Cindy L said...

Wishing your son good luck on his bar exam. Sounds like a man with a great future -- because he still appreciates the art of resting in a hammock!

Diane said...

Warren's right...shame on those
friends...KEEP THE TREE!

Dona M said...

And one more "yes" for that beautiful tree with branches reaching out to frame a window that captures the view while allowing creatures to nest, climb and hang from.

LA CONTESSA said...

Just Gorgeous Dominque!The view and the SON!I recently sent your first book to a friend in Australia.She noticed it had been autographed by YOU!I know I never met you but must have sent my friend in Chicago to go get it!My friend in Australia is going through a divorce and she is loving your writing.Having a good weep too.I treasure your books.

Priscilla said...

for those not in the loop, can you TELL us what happened that david terry is no longer commenting. I seem to be the only one who doesn't know the inside scoop.

kathi said...

Every yard could use a hammock, everyone could use the time to enjoy it.
Kathi

Baveld said...

I don't understand folks and their penchant for "view." I live in central Texas where trees are the only thing that keep the earth from becoming a "frying pan." I mourn whenever I see one more ancient oak cut for the view and then for firewood. We have lost our collective minds.

Home Decor said...

I love the outdoors. I always find some time at least once a month to camp outside. It re-energize me.