Words that are Speaking to Me

This quote sets in a frame on top of my drier, as a constant reminder. Today seems like a good day to share it with you.

But the biggest mistake I made is the one that most of us make while doing this. I did not live in the moment enough. This is particularly clear now that the moment is gone, captured only in photographs. There is one picture of the three of them sitting in the grass on a quilt in the shadow of the swing set on a summer day, ages 6, 4 and 1. And I wish I could remember what we ate, and what we talked about, and how they sounded, and how they looked when they slept that night. I wish I had not been in such a hurry to get on to the next thing: dinner, bath, book, bed. I wish I had treasured the doing a little more and the getting it done a little less.

— Anna Quindlen, “On Being Mom”

If you’ve not read Annie Campbell’s Slice from this week, take time to do it! Her words have been speaking to me.

"As for the children who tell us about Mr. Terupt, they are no less authentic than their magical teacher; they will remind you of your most vividly remembered friends and enemies from your own school days." --- John Irving

This book is one the simply sticks with you and stirs around. The craft is remarkable and the story structure is fun, but it is the ending that I love the most. I’m envious if you get to read it for the first time.

And on that note, remember any comment to any post between Friday, January 14 through Wednesday, January 19 gives you a chance to win two copies of Because of Mr. Terupt. If you are interested in a giveaway for Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares, a young adult book geared toward high school students, then click here to leave a comment for a chance to win. Need more explanation about the giveaways? See here. Want to read more about the books? Click here.