I did great until April when all things went wild.
But I’m back on track now and reading three books all at once kind of on accident. I read Bad Blood (pretty interesting documentation of Elizabeth Holmes and her Silicon Valley start-up-gone-bad). Made me think of how things go bad. I don’t think anyone sets out thinking they’re going to hurt and harm people, I just think they want to succeed so much that they begin to justify things that just don’t make sense and are morally wrong. Interesting to think about.
Now I’m into The Last Romantics which I’m liking so far (*post edit note: now that I finished it, it’s NOT one I’d recommend), but in the meantime Lucy and I finished Anne of Green Gables.
And for that I just have to stop right here and now to write down some of my thoughts. Because that book is a gem I tell you! We have misplaced the book all folded down with our favorite parts which really annoys us both, so I can’t share my favorite quotes, but here are some of my thoughts as we read:
—I love the depiction of childhood from Anne’s eyes. How she’s trying to be good but distracted, how she tells it like it is. Oh it is just such great writing!
—I love her honest anecdotes (i.e. how Anne talks about how Rachel Lynd tries to pull you to be good but really just makes you feel guilty…Ha! How often do I do that I wonder??)
—I loved thinking about how much an adult can do to influence a child for good. Miss Shirley the schoolteacher instilling so much good and love into her pupils, Mrs. Allen and her husband, Matthew and Marilla of course.
—I love how much beauty Anne notices in the world…and how fully and flowery she describes it.
—I love that that book is infiltrated with the power of love. How it changed Anne, how it calmed Marilla, how it brightened Matthew.
—I loved Marilla’s stern mothering balancing out Matthews softness. Is that necessary in parenting do you think?
–How much of our parenting is affected by our own childhood. Marilla found it so difficult to show her affection yet she loved Anne so much. (I love the scene when she and Anne are sitting in the dimness of the evening and Marilla has so much love on her face, love she would never be able to wear if it was light enough for Anne to see.) Was that from the way she was raised? Was it just part of her personality?
—I loved the beauty and power of goodness and sacrifice. How Gilbert gave up his school for Anne, how Anne gave up her scholarship for Marilla.
—How everyone is fighting their own battles and we just have to love and not judge.
—The sorrow of growing up…Anne not wanting to use big words anymore, her imagination dwindling, how sad Marilla was to have her growing up so fast (I wish I could find the quote…so perfect for how I’m feeling right about now with my children growing up like weeds!)
—Yes, growing up is sad, but I love that it also talked about the power of growing up. Sometimes we think our kids will never grow out of this or that, but they will. And we will most likely miss it terribly.
I could go on and on, but just wanted to remember those thoughts when my memory starts to fade too much to remember the beauty of that book!