I recently read a friends blog. She talked about books she read and I made some comment about her selection of favorite books.
I’m really good at being sarcastic about other people’s habits and overlooking my own strange quirks. In reality I actually only read three books…over and over and over…
Christy by Catherine Marshall
A Rose In Bloom and
Old Fashioned Girl by Louisa May Alcott
I grew up with an English teach…I know what good literature is. These books are not really what I would call GOOD literature but they are beautifully sentimental and inspired much of who I am today.
I love the heroines and admire the journeys they travel through these little books. I always connect with their struggles and feel better about my own.
But I haven’t read any of them in a year…or more.
I was trying to think about why I have put away my old loves and what has cause such a strange hiatus from the books I have faithfully read again and again since I was thirteen.
Then I was looking through old pictures yesterday and found this:
Andrew is literally exactly like all of the leading men in my beloved novels! I’m serious. Here are some descriptions of the dudes:
“Big-boned, a large frame even for a man. He had a shock of reddish hair, unkempt, looking as if it had not been cut in a long time, tousled and curly. His features were rugged with deeply etched lines.” – concerning Dr. McNeill in Christy
“Trying to discover why he looked so well in spite of the blue flannel suit and dusty shoes. There was a certain sylvan freshness about him, as he sat there full of the reposeful strength the hills seemed to have given, the wholesome cheerfulness days of air and sunshine put into a man, and the clear, bright look of one who had caught glimpses of a new world from the mountain top.” – concerning Mac in A Rose in Bloom
“but there was a brisk, genial, free-and-easy air about him, suggestive of a stirring, out-of-door life, with people who kept their eyes wide open…The rough and ready traveling suit, stout boots, brown face, and manly beard…” – of Tom in Old Fashioned Girl
Not only does Andrew look similar to these heros but he also had similar life transformation to them all.
I won’t go into all that now…although I wish I could but if you’re really desperate to find out just read the books yourselves…ah…you will love them.
Anyway, the whole point is that i realize that I am living what I dreamed about as a young woman. I don’t know if Andrew was it all along or if the novels influenced my taste in men but I’m thrilled to have the love of my life echoed in these treasured pieces of fiction.
The only problem is that if He is just like Neil McNeill then that means I’m Christy and Clare is Catherine and she will write a novel about us later in life…geez…I should have been a little more interesting.
In other parts of my world: Gonna stuff my face tomorrow. WHO’S WITH ME?!!?!