Wednesday, December 24, 2014

The Glass Castle a Memoir by Jeanette Walls

I was on Facebook doing a public rant about how I hate Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, and one of my former co-workers and friend, Kathleen, mentioned The Glass Castle. Kathleen is a reader whom I trust, so I instantly downloaded The Glass Castle, and I loved it from the very first page:
"I was sitting in a taxi, wondering if I had overdressed for the evening, when I looked out the window and saw Mom rooting through a Dumpster."
Jeannette and her two sisters and brother were raised in a manner that I found both fascinating and sad. Their parents, Rex and Rosemary, seemed like children who were raising children. They were fun, yet completely irresponsible. The family moved around a lot and ended up in West Virginia where they lived in a manner that I wish no human would have to experience. There was no running water, no electricity, no heat or air conditioning, the roof leaked, and they were hungry often. However, the children managed to attend school and to persevere and overcome the environment in which they were raised.

Jeannette is a greater writer, and she tells this story in a manner where I did not feel sorry for them, but I was definitely cheering for them....

This books caused me to think about a lot things:
  1. We have a choice in the kind of the life that we live.
  2. We can make the best of bad situations.
  3. Children LOVE their parents unconditionally.
  4. Love may not be enough!
  5. Love is enough!
  6. We can overcome almost anything.
  7. We must follow our hearts even when we are afraid.
  8. It is great to learn people's story before we judge them.
This is an awesome book and one you may want to consider adding to your reading list!

Secretly, Jeannette Walls and her siblings are some of my modern day heroes.....

Jeanette Walls

I am still reading Why Not You?: Twenty-Eight Days to Authentic Confidence by Valorie Burton, and I am also starting to read The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay.

Happy Christmas Eve!

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