Anne Beattie (September 08, 1947 -)
When we came in she had her chair sideways by the window looking out at the snow, and she said, without even looking up to know it was us, that the doctor had said that sitting and staring at the snow was a waste of time. She should get involved in something. She laughed and told us it wasn’t a waste of time. It would be a waste of time just to stare at the snowflakes but she was counting, and even that might be a waste of time, but she was only counting the ones that were just alike.