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“She…Felt a Sudden Pleasure at the Way Things Worked.”

Posted Mar 03 2013 7:24am

roxana-robinson “She picked up the jar of mayonnaise. Twisting the top, she felt its hidden threads turn smoothly beneath her hands, unlocking the grip of metal on glass, and felt a sudden pleasure at the way things worked, at the way one neat circular motion did exactly what it should. A ripple of admiration for the whole mechanized world of gears, cogs, ratchets, levers, pulleys–the physical systems that made things work.”

–Roxana Robinson, Cost

I feel this same pleasure myself, and even call it “the pleasure of things working as they should.” When I put envelopes into a mailbox, or when my family goes through our morning routine without a hitch, I feel it.

Do you recognize this emotion in yourself?

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