Savor the moment

“Would you stand here with me and savor the moment?” asks Jim Chee to his wife, Bernie, in Anne Hillerman’s new novel Spider Woman’s Daughter.

Jim and Bernie, both Navajo Nation police officers, stand and look at the majestic New Mexico sky. “The Sandia Mountains rose like a rugged, blue monolith to the east, glowing in the reflected oranges, vivid reds and brilliant sun-flowered hues of the sunset,” Hillerman writes.

After a few minutes, Chee adds, “I worry about you. The happy girl I married has too much to do, too many burdens.”

I like Chee’s advice. When I have too much to do and too many worries, I need to remember to stop and savor the moment.

At the moment, I’m savoring Anne Hillerman’s new book. She is continuing the New Mexico mystery series that her father, Tony Hillerman, wrote. I’m a big Tony Hillerman fan. He was my professor when I was a student at the University of New Mexico.

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