“Sensuality does not wear a watch but she always gets to the essential places on time. She is adventurous and not particularly quiet. She was reprimanded in grade school because she couldn’t sit still all day long. She needs to move. She thinks with her body. Even when she goes to the library to read Emily Dickinson or Emily Bronte, she starts reading out loud and swaying with the words, and before she can figure out what is happening, she is asked to leave. As you might expect, she is a disaster at office jobs.
Sensuality has exquisite skin and
she appreciates it in others as well. There are other people whose skin
is soft and clear and healthy but something about Sensuality’s skin
announces that she is alive. When the sun bursts forth in May,
Sensuality likes to take off her shirt and feel the sweet warmth of the
sun’s rays brush across her shoulder. This is not intended as a
provocative gesture but other people are, as usual, upset. Sensuality
does not understand why everyone else is so disturbed by her. As a
young girl, she was often scolded for going barefoot.
likes to make love at the border where time and space change places.
When she is considering a potential lover, she takes him to the ocean
and watches. Does he dance with the waves? Does he tell her about the
time he slept on the beach when he was seventeen and woke up in the
middle of the night to look at the moon? Does he laugh and cry and
notice how big the sky is?
It is spring now, and Sensuality is
very much in love these days. Her new friend is very sweet. Climbing
into bed the first time, he confessed he was a little intimidated about
making love with her. Sensuality just laughed and said, ‘But we’ve been
making love for days.”
~ J. Ruth Gendler,
The Book of Qualities
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