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An ordinary person January 31, 2012

Filed under: Chapter Books — Kristi @ 12:40 am
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Annemarie admitted to herself, snuggling there in the dark, that she was glad to be an ordinary person who would never be called upon for courage. (from Number The Stars by Lois Lowry)

 I want to say something about this quote but the words won’t come. I want to say something about how it came to mind when I watched a mama walk into her son’s memorial service, how all I could think was, “How can they bear it?” Sometimes I think about how people look in their wedding pictures–so happy and hopeful and full of love–and how when they promise their lives for better or worse, they do it at a time when they can’t even conceive of the worst. No one thinks on that day that someday they might be the ones who have to face cancer or betrayal or loss. Or death. But I also think that on that blissful day, it’s impossible to predict the best of the times you will have. How can you know beforehand the joy beyond words of a child that is part of yourself? How can you understand that your love for each other can grow and grow as you earn the type of love together that you never dreamed existed? You can’t know ahead of time what joy and love the picture slide-show of your life will show. And you can’t know ahead of time if that slide-show of the best of times will play to give you comfort at the epoch of your worst of times. I know this is a babbling post. I hope you will forgive me. It is even more jumbled in my mind. The truth is we are all ordinary people. And the truth is we will all be called upon for courage. It is when someone answers the call for courage that she becomes remarkable. It takes courage just to live and to love and to risk loss. In Each Little Bird That Sings, we are told that “It takes courage to look life in the eye and say yes to the messy glory.”

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How Horrible! (But not really) June 12, 2010

Filed under: Chapter Books,Classics — Shanna @ 2:49 pm
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Oh, she thought, how horrible it is that people have to grow up–and marry–and change! (from Anne of the Island by L M Montgomery)

That’s how it seems, anyway, when you’re young and you’re watching your friends get married.  But what Anne didn’t know was that change and growing up and life are all unutterably beautiful.  She hadn’t yet witnessed the way that marriage can soften people around the edges and draw out their best qualities.  I didn’t either, once, and might have agreed wholeheartedly with Anne’s sentiment.  But six years ago, my two best friends promised to walk through life together hand-in-hand, and through the years since it has been a delight to see them helping each other to become people who shower blessings on everyone around them.  Change isn’t horrible, after all.

Happy anniversary, Kristi and Jon!