Books, Letters, Magazines, Lyrics, Poems...all AMAZING

I recently finished A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. This is probably one of my favorite books. All of the characters are easy to relate to. The main character, Francie, is someone I can relate to rather well.  My circumstances were/are not like hers, but the way she thinks, the things she feels, I can see in myself. I highly recommend this book.

Some of my favorite quotes from this book:
"She sat in the hot sunshine watching the life on the street and guarding within herself, her own mystery of life."

"Old age isn't a tragedy. If he was the only old man in the world-yes. But he has other old men to keep him company. Old people are not unhappy. They don't long for the things we want. They just want to be warm and have soft food to eat and remember things with each other. Stop being so foolish. If there's one thing certain, it's that we all have to get old someday. So get used to the idea as quickly as you can."

"She was intensely religious and knew the life story of every Catholic saint. She believed in ghosts and fairies and all supernatural folk. She knew all about herbs and could brew you either a medicine or a charm...Back in the old country she had been honored for her wisdom and much sought after for advice. She was a blameless, sinless woman, yet she understood how it was with people who sinned. Inflexibly rigid in her own moral conduct, she condoned weakness in others. She revered God and loved Jesus, but she understood why people often turned away from these Two."

"She was bad. But she was good....she was good because wherever she was, there was life, good, tender, overwhelming, fun-loving, and strong-scented life."

"It's not better to die. Who wants to die? Everything struggles to live. Look at that tree growing up there out of that grating. It gets no sun, and water only when it rains. It's growing out of sour earth. And it's strong because it's hard struggle to live is making it strong. My children will be strong that way."

"Well, everybody's something. We all get a tag of some kind."

"All of us are what we have to be and everyone lives the kind of life that's in him to live."

"It was something that had been born into her and her only-the something different from anyone else in the two families. It was what God or whatever is His equivalent puts into each soul that is given life-the one different thing such as that which makes no two fingerprints on the face of the earth alike."

"She was a great lover and a great mother. She had so much of tenderness in her, so much of wanting to give of herself to whoever needed what she had, whether it was her money, her time, the clothes off her back, her pity, her understanding, her friendship or her companionship and love. She was mother to every thing that came her way. She loved men...women, and old people and especially children...She wanted to make everybody happy...Yes, she listened to everybody's troubles but no one listened to hers. But that was right because she was a giver and never a taker."

"Dear God, let me be something every minute of every hour of my life. Let me bey gay; let me be sad. Let me be cold; let me be warm. Let me be hungry...have to much to eat. Let me be ragged or well dressed. Let me be sincere-be deceitful. Let me be truthful; let me be a liar. Let me be honorable and let me sin. Only let me be something every blessed minute. And when I sleep, let me dream all the time so that not one little piece of living is lost."

Also recently, I wrote a very difficult letter to someone who means a whole lot to me. I knew it was a letter I had to write and I pushed myself to do it. It was a very heartfelt letter. I meant every word of it. And today I received a response that I wasn't sure I was going to get. I thought that if I did get a response it would be negative and bitter, full of hate and anger. Contrary to what I had assumed, I received a beautiful letter filled with love. I am so grateful to this person for everything, and I am so grateful that we were able to end things on a lighter and happier note.

For Christmas I purchased a subscription to Vogue magazine for my sister, Lya. She is finally receiving them in the mail! It's a relief because I was convinced that the subscription I got was a scam. Thankfully it turned out alright and now my sister is happily enjoying her crazy fashion magazine.

Some of my favorite lyrics today are:
"Don't laugh at me 
Don't call me names
Don't get your pleasure from my pain
In God's eyes we're all the same
Someday we'll all have perfect wings
Don't laugh at me"
These lyrics are really helping me keep my eyes open to loving everybody. I want to love everybody and serve as many people as I can. These lyrics help keep things in perspective for me.

Robert Frost is one of my very favorite people ever!

TWO roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
          -Robert Frost

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