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That dress February 28, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kristi @ 4:16 pm
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Some losses leave great big holes, Ruby. It’s hard to lose someone you love so deeply, especially when you’ve known them as long as Miss Eula knew your grandpa. (from Love, Ruby Lavender by Deborah Wiles)

Yesterday I flipped through a small stack of black and white pictures, poorly copied, of my grandparents and some of their friends in 1953. The print quality was terrible–simply photocopied on regular printer paper, full of shadow and lacking sharpness. The power of the photos to evoke emotion was undiminished. There was one…

The caption simply said 1953. They would have been married about a year, maybe a little more. My grandmother, young and stunningly beautiful stood clasped to my grandfather’s side gazing up with cheerful adoration into his face. He wore a military uniform, a proud and content smile, and an obvious strength. She wore a polka dotted dress.

“I love this dress!” I said. “I love this picture.” And then my aunt told me what my grandfather said when he showed her the pictures.

He said, “Have you ever had something where you saw a picture and you could immediately remember what it felt like, what it sounded like and smelled like and felt like to be there?”

She said, “Yes, daddy. I know exactly what you mean.”

“That’s how it was for me when I saw that dress,” he said. “It took my breath away.”

My aunt told us that story and we all cried quietly for a minute. My grandmother has been gone for eleven years. Some losses leave great big holes.

But after a minute, we all started smiling. “I wonder,” said Aunt Connie, “if I’ve ever worn anything that would make Tom think that?”

“I was just thinking the same thing!” Mom and I exclaimed almost simultaneously. Would there ever be a picture, a dress, that would take my husband’s breath away even sixty years later? I don’t know. I hope so.

 

Funny Things February 26, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — Shanna @ 4:34 pm

From there to here, from here to there, funny things are everywhere! (from One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish by Dr Seuss)

You know, the older I get the more I value having a good laugh. Dr Seuss is right. Funny things are everywhere, and thank goodness for that!

 

Open hearts February 25, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — Shanna @ 2:51 pm

Differences of habit and language are nothing at all if our aims are identical and our hearts are open.(from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J K Rowling)

 

An unexplored tower February 21, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kristi @ 10:56 pm

Nothing cures homesickness quicker than an unexplored tower. (from Beauty and the Beast by  Nancy Willard)

 

They don’t own me February 19, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — Shanna @ 11:07 pm

Only I keep wishing I could think of a way to . . . to show the Capitol they don’t own me. That I’m more than just a piece in their Games. (from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins)

This is a favorite moment for me in The Hunger Games trilogy because it’s a statement of resolve. It reminds me of the story of Daniel from the Bible, in which Daniel (who had been brought along with the brightest and best young men of Israel to Babylon) refuses to eat food and drink wine from the Babylonian king’s table. He asks instead for water and vegetables. Daniel’s actions are a small rebellion, a refusal to be owned. And that’s the kind of thing that Peeta (the Hunger Games character who says the line above) also wants. He doesn’t have control of his situation, but he does have control of how he responds to it. Which is something that is true for all of us. In the book, the Capitol is a place where people are comfortable with ignoring the abject poverty of people who provide them with the food and products they consume. In this way, our own culture is not so different from the Capitol. We, too, are far too comfortable being ignorant of the conditions in which much of the rest of the world lives. We forget that the products we buy have a human cost that is not reflected on the price tag. And while I don’t believe there is a malignant “they” in our culture, I am more and more convinced that I do not want to be owned by this attitude. I may not be able to escape the injustices of our world, and I may not be able to change it. But it’s worthwhile to make choices that prove to me as much as anyone else that I’m not a piece in this game. Like buying Fair Trade and cruelty-free products when I can, and supporting organizations that attempt address the crippling poverty that is too easy for us to ignore.

 

Quarrelling and Making Up February 16, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kristi @ 10:28 am

Aravis also had many quarrels (and, I’m afraid even fights) with Cor, but they always made it up again: so that years later, when they were grown up they were so used to quarrelling and making it up again that they got married to as to go on doing it more conveniently. (from The Horse and His Boy by C.S. Lewis)

 

A power

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kristi @ 10:25 am

You have a power that Voldemort has never had. You can…love. (from Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling)