Saturday, February 26, 2011

I'm a girl who reads, but, sorry, I'm already taken

"Date a girl who reads. Date a girl who spends her money on books instead of clothes. She has problems with closet space because she has too many books. Date a girl who has a list of books she wants to read, who has had a library card since she was twelve.

"Find a girl who reads. You’ll know that she does because she will always have an unread book in her bag.She’s the one lovingly looking over the shelves in the bookstore, the one who quietly cries out when she finds the book she wants. You see the weird chick sniffing the pages of an old book in a second hand book shop? That’s the reader. They can never resist smelling the pages, especially when they are yellow.

"She’s the girl reading while waiting in that coffee shop down the street. If you take a peek at her mug, the non-dairy creamer is floating on top because she’s kind of engrossed already. Lost in a world of the author’s making. Sit down. She might give you a glare, as most girls who read do not like to be interrupted. Ask her if she likes the book.

"Buy her another cup of coffee.

"Let her know what you really think of Murakami. See if she got through the first chapter of Fellowship. Understand that if she says she understood James Joyce’s Ulysses she’s just saying that to sound intelligent. Ask her if she loves Alice or she would like to be Alice.

"It’s easy to date a girl who reads. Give her books for her birthday, for Christmas and for anniversaries. Give her the gift of words, in poetry, in song. Give her Neruda, Pound, Sexton, Cummings. Let her know that you understand that words are love. Understand that she knows the difference between books and reality but by god, she’s going to try to make her life a little like her favorite book. It will never be your fault if she does.

"She has to give it a shot somehow.

"Lie to her. If she understands syntax, she will understand your need to lie. Behind words are other things: motivation, value, nuance, dialogue. It will not be the end of the world.

"Fail her. Because a girl who reads knows that failure always leads up to the climax. Because girls who understand that all things will come to end. That you can always write a sequel. That you can begin again and again and still be the hero. That life is meant to have a villain or two.

"Why be frightened of everything that you are not? Girls who read understand that people, like characters, develop. Except in the Twilight series.

"If you find a girl who reads, keep her close. When you find her up at 2 AM clutching a book to her chest and weeping, make her a cup of tea and hold her. You may lose her for a couple of hours but she will always come back to you. She’ll talk as if the characters in the book are real, because for a while, they always are.

"You will propose on a hot air balloon. Or during a rock concert. Or very casually next time she’s sick. Over Skype.

"You will smile so hard you will wonder why your heart hasn’t burst and bled out all over your chest yet. You will write the story of your lives, have kids with strange names and even stranger tastes. She will introduce your children to the Cat in the Hat and Aslan, maybe in the same day. You will walk the winters of your old age together and she will recite Keats under her breath while you shake the snow off your boots.

"Date a girl who reads because you deserve it. You deserve a girl who can give you the most colorful life imaginable. If you can only give her monotony, and stale hours and half-baked proposals, then you’re better off alone. If you want the world and the worlds beyond it, date a girl who reads.

"Or better yet, date a girl who writes."

-Found while stumbling on this site.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

I've been around

I'm just waiting for things to get going and I'm feeling antsy. I've been doing a lot of questioning and wondering recently about whether I'm doing enough. Am I doing enough to make a difference? Am I doing enough to please God? Am I doing enough to please the Timmy? And i don't have any answers yet. I don't expect full answers, but I would just sometimes like to know if I'm on the right track.

Recently, I have felt that I need to do more. I have a feeling that I am destined to do something wonderful, but I don't know what. I've been trying to keep my eyes, ears and heart out seeking what that may be, but I am still drawing a blank. Until I find it, I will keep on helping and volunteering where and how I currently do: by volunteering with First Serve, taking care of the babies in our church's nursery, etc.

I still feel like it's not enough.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

This Little Light of Mine

This was such a sweet scene on Glee this week. Will Schuster the Glee Club coach/leader took mean Sue Sylvester the "Cheerios" cheer leading coach to the pediatric cancer wing at the hospital to sing to the sick kids. Sue fought him on it walking in, then she got a sweet hug from a sick little girl and seemed to change her mind.

I have no idea why the video is backwards, but you get the idea.

My favorite line from this scene was right after the video stopped. Sue said to Will that she never would forgive him for doing that to her. Will smiled and said "Good".

Such a sweet scene. :)