Thursday, November 13, 2008


I have been reading the book Gilead this week. I have been getting all kinds of quotes that I really like. I think the reason I am finding so many is because the guy kind of talks like me. He just sort of rambles around and starts to get to a point, then goes off on another point and then comes back to the point, gets off another tangent and then finally comes back to what the point was. I have heard a lot of people say that it is a hard read. I have to say I have been LOVING IT! And it is just for the reason that I TOTALLY simpathize with the speaker of the book.

One of the things he says is, "I do try to write the way I think. But of course that all changes as soon as I put it into words." Amen to that only I would change it to "I do try to speak the way I think. But of course that all changes as soon as I put it into words." For some reason (more often than not) I formulate words in my mind, and then I speak them and it comes out.. totally... and completely... not the way I intended it. I really love it when I think I say something pretty brilliant (I AM conceited that way) and I just get a blank stare back in response. One person was kind enough to just say, "That did not make sense..."

Thanks, because it totally made sense in my head...

Kind of goes with another quote from the book... "You can know a thing to death and be for all purposes completely ignorant of it..." Yea, my kids remind me of that all the time. I think that I know them to death and then they do something that throws that completely out the window. Mostly Spencer. His teacher (we had parent/teacher conferences on Tuesday) said that he is such a higher thinker. And my thought was yeah, but sometimes at the expense of common sence. {I am trying to come up with a good example of this, but for the life of me can't - you'll just have to take my word for it, or ask Michelle, I think I have complained about this to her on the phone PLENTY of times}

One last quote to leave with... "I hope you will understnad that when I speak of the long night that preceded these days of my happiness, I do not remember grief and loneliness so much as I do peace and comfort - ggrief, but never without comfort; loneliness, but never without peace..." Words I think we all can relate to... I'm just sayin'.


Sher said...

I must admit that I haven't even started reading it yet! I have been behind on book club for a long time. Hopefully, I can at least get started and come to the meeting!

Lhone said...

Yeah, and speaking of Spencer, how do you teach common sense. Isn't supposed to be "common"?

Megan B said...

Thanks for an awesome discussion and for all the quotes you typed out! I put them in my book and even looked up some and underlined them if I did not already. LOVED that BOOK! You are awesome!!! Thanks for all you do and for the yummy yummy meat you made for bowling. It was all perfect!