What I Learned:
This summer, in the midst of the long pool days and the front porch nights, I read ALOT. As in, more books than I usually read in 6 months. I’ve consumed a mostly-fiction diet these last few months and mainly stuck with good, solid stories I knew wouldn’t let me down– and through them all I have learned a glaring truth.
Good literature is substantial and never in a hurry. Good stories are luxurious.
Not one time all summer did I wish the author would hurry through her words. I enjoyed the long road of story-telling and story-receiving we were on together.
I think that in the very best books, there is an ever-present sense of the author’s love for the characters and excitement for us as we discover them. Truly, as you read the best stories you find that the author has taken their time and not just in the merciless editing process; but also in the loving discovery of who the characters are. What they want to tell us through their story. In this world of quick online publishing, immediate gratification, and sudden approval or disapproval– I LOVE that someone has written this “for me” over many months and years, in solitude.
And it teaches me things about my own writing.
It truly makes me wonder why we must always make things for immediate sharing, publishing, and production.
I think we need to screw up in solitude a whole lot more.
I think we need to write more that no one ever sees so that what we do offer the world, is our very best.
Not for them– but for us and for the One who made us, Who created us to create.
Anyway. I’m okay with not having all the answers. But I’m thinking about it. And listening. And reading whatever is good, and becoming comfortable with myself when I decide to put down a book I’m not loving.
What I’m Loving Lately:
- These square prints from Parabo Press. I love being pleasantly surprised when I try a new company, and my recent interaction with Parabo Press was a delight. I had a coupon to try a set of 25 square prints for free, and I ordered a bunch of pictures from our past Disney trips. I’m planning to make a banner out of them to hang in the girls’ room. The paper is lush and thick and the packaging was so fun. If you would like a set for yourself, use this referral coupon: CBZJJD and you will pay only shipping on a set of 25 4inch prints! (Note: I upgraded to the 5 inch prints and paid a few dollars, but the 4 inch prints are free.)
- This sautéed corn recipe which I shared on Instagram last week. The basil is coming in like gangbusters around our little Blue House garden!
- No longer being in my first year of homeschooling or my first year of teaching literature. It feels good to have struggled with all the new for an entire year and to have come away learning a few things. For most of last year, I struggled with one or more portions of our new normal. This year, it feels broken in like that sweatshirt from college. I like broken in. On to different challenges and to making new mistakes. (but maybe not as many?)
Your turn! What did you learn & love this summer?
Want to see what others learned this summer? I’m linking up with Emily Freeman to share what we learned— Would love to have you there!