So, I am reading Julie & Julia (yes, the blog-turned-movie about Julie Powell's daunting feat of cooking 524 of Julia Child's recipes in 365 days), and I came across rather beautiful little tidbit in which Julie describes, or rather ponders, the meaning of marrow:

"How much more interior can you get, after all, than the interior of bones? It's the center of the center of things. If marrow were a geological formation, it would be magma roiling under the earth's mantle. If it were a plant, it would be a delicate moss that grows only in the highest crags of Mount Everest, blooming with tiny white flowers for three days in the Nepalese spring. If it were a memory, it would be your first one, your most painful and repressed one, the one that has made you who you are." (p.75) 

Which memory
would that be? 
The deepest and darkest
sitting quietly 
in the marrow of my bones. 

Some definitions (I think these speak to Julie's point) : 

1.Anatomy . a soft, fatty, vascular tissue in the interiorcavities of bones that is a major site of blood cell production.
2. the inmost or essential part: to pierce to the marrow of a problem.
3. strength or vitality: Fear took the marrow out of him.
4. rich and nutritious food.

–noun Scot. and North England 
1. a partner; fellow worker.
2. a spouse; helpmate.
3. a companion; close friend.

1.     Bone marrow.
2.     The spinal cord.
a.              The inmost, choicest, or essential part; the pith.
b.              Strength or vigor; vitality.

(all definitions courtesy of


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