I will write of the person i lost, before long. I want to honor him, but now is not the time for me to do that. Each day goes on, however. Life does not stop. That is a blessing and a curse, i think.
“Don't be led away by those howls about realism. Remember-pine woods are just as real as pigsties and a darn sight pleasanter to be in.”
I thought this quote was from a book called Stars in My Crown, but i remembered it poorly. In that book, the protagonist is talking with his grandfather about wanting to write, and the same sentiments are expressed, but not as succinctly.
These thoughts came to me this week because i was trying to read the book Wicked. I was at a “Friends of the Library” book sale. This book was available for about 25 cents, and so i picked it up. I’ve heard about the play/musical and how many people love that. Generally a book is superior to a movie, so i thought that would be the case, but i was wrong. After a few chapters in the book, i skipped to the end. Then i Googled the whole thing, and then did a play vs. book search. In most cases, people who loved the play hated the book. It is a rare occasion where i begin a book and choose not to finish it. This book will be one of those occasions.
The reason is this: I found the book dark, dreary, and grey. I can see no good thing come to me in reading it, and i’m struggling with grey enough as it is. Thus my quote earlier – right now i’d much rather focus on pine woods than on pigsties.
By the way, i read the Emily series when i was in my early 20s. I'd read Anne of Green Gables previously, and loved it. The Emily series was a much, um, darker read. I was much distressed by it. However, it was a much closer biographical book for L.M. Montgomery than the Anne series. For all her incredible ablilty to write winning stories, Montgomery's life was not a happy one.
I am sad that her life was one of such sorrow. I pray she finds Heaven to be a place of joy and balm for her.