Anyway, I seem to be on the mend so I thought I'd at least tackle the meme Amy hit me with before I was attacked by the hunta virus.
So the meme goes:
Pick up the nearest book (of at least 123 pages).
Open the book to page 123.
Find the fifth sentence.
Post the next three sentences.
Tag five people.
Okay, next to me, as I sit at my desk is a pile of magazines, Good Housekeeping, 2 months worth, sigh, I am soo old, but they don't really count as books even though there are "books" excerpted in them, and then under that is.....drum roll please....
Gift From the Sea
by Anne Morrow Lindbergh
What does my old friend have to offer, I wonder. This is the book I, well we, but mostly me, used to find readings for our wedding. I took it back out after Caleb died because I was looking for readings for his "service', which we never had. Well, whadda ya know, there's a nice topic for another post. But, back to the business at hand. Here goes:
Today a kind of planetal point of view has burst upon mankind. The world is rumbling and erupting in ever-widening circles around us. The tensions, conflicts and sufferings even in the outermost circle touch us all, reverberate in all of us.
Well, that about sums it up for all of us, right? It's a great book and as I reread it now, there is much in it that resonates, even now and I remember all that she endured and achieved in her lifetime. She is a great example of strength and perseverance, especially for women who have lost a child.
I am off to try and sleep off this uninvited germ fest but I leave you with one of my favorite quotes from the book, one we actually did use at our wedding and I still try to live by, when I am not wishing evil on others that is....
The only real security is not in owning or possessing, not in demanding or expecting, not in hoping, even. Security in a relationship lies neither in looking back to what it was in nostalgia, nor forward to what it might be in dread or anticipation, but living in the present relationship and accepting it as it is now.
I'm not tagging anyone cuz I think by now you've all done this, but should you feel the urge and are reading this, be my guest!