Through it all I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing.

Greenway House

Dame Agatha Christie at 75: I have always thought life exciting and I still do.

To be part of something one doesn’t in the least understand is, I think, one of the most intriguing things about life.

I like living. I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable, racked with sorrow, but through it all I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing.

by Agatha Christie (15 September 1890 – 12 January 1976)
from her Autobiography
image – Wikipedia – Greenway Estate, Devon England, once owned by the Christies

Happy Birthday Agatha Christie

Agatha Christie, the Queen of Crime, was born on September 15th in 1890. Her autobiography, quoted above, was written in her mid 70’s.

Agatha Christie wrote constantly and with great dedication. Over her lifetime she wrote sixty eight mysteries, over 100 short stories, and fourteen plays. One play, The Mousetrap, first opened in 1952 and has been running ever since. The “Guinness Book of World Records” calls Agatha Christie the all-time best selling fiction author of all time. To help put that into perspective, consider that Shakespeare gets the top spot for plays.

Today, my daughter tells me that Agatha Christie’s character Inspector Poirot is alive and well in a popular Japanese Anime. My favorites are her Miss Marple mysteries. I’ve imagined myself knitting doilies, serving tea and solving crimes. I can remember thinking, “if I grow up to be a little old lady, I want to be just like Miss Marple.”

Agatha Christie believed that we can only know a tiny part of what is going on around us, and that that helps to make life exciting. She wrote, “We never know the whole man, though sometimes, in quick flashes, we know the true man.”

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2 Responses to “Through it all I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing.”

  1. John Says:

    Through all our efforts to find meaning, we only know a fraction of what is going on around us. Sometimes unbeknownst to us, we are participating in secret interplay with divine intervention that all the while is leading us to experience our deepest desires. Yes Agatha, to be alive is a grand thing!

  2. clarissa mcfairy Says:

    O, but I fully believe this, John …..’the secret interplay with divine intervention’. One feels a certain propulsion towards a moment which has nothing to do with the wheels of a car or the plaintive trill of a cell phone. It is the real life, the subterranean communication, on the seabed of our soul. Where the bright fish ‘Unbeknownst’ dwells and is sometimes seen darting between the fronds.