Sunday, December 28, 2014
I went to a patch of woods, stood by a creek, took photographs, made notes, gave myself a place to begin again.
Then I came home and chose from this stack of books and read.
Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin is the book I chose. Count me now among the crowd of admirers of this simple-seeming book. It's the story of a girl who loves homonyms (which are in fact called homophones), a girl who loves rules, a girl whose single dad may not be well-equipped to handle her quirks, her needs. Against the odds, this girl's dad does, for her, something that seems right and good—brings home a dog she names Rain. But after a superstorm separates the girl from the dog, she learns loneliness, worry, and how to handle the truth. How to be bigger than one's own needs. How to see the world as others do.
How do we teach our children integrity? We give them books like this one—Rain Reign.
How do we write well, whenever we will write again?
By reading the right books. By burying our sad in another's art.