Tuesday, December 15, 2009

paper paper everywhere and you know there's more to come

i knew there was a reason for my short lived coffee shop employment stint this fall. more than one scene in the book is going to be set in a little coffee shop it turns out ;) love it when things fall into place like that.

it was the week before Christmas and all through the house, not a surface was uncovered -- the kids had littered all of them with scrawled on paper (not that i can cast stones with my reams of notes and printouts everywhere) whether it's a fourth grade french test, a portrait of yours truly by a five year old newly interested in drawing an accurate nose, or a picture of a face and an open book (like sign language to tell me to get off the computer and give that 5 year old FB for its farmville/petville/happy pets uses. and don't even get me started on the adorable traffic scene ;) i have to say i ♥ them all. i tried to channel all those scrawlings into some mommy love and hung up an adorable monogrammed stocking on the kitchen bulletin board with a sign that said "write nice notes to your mom" but all i got was a lippy "Nice notes" paper in there. well, i tried ;)

you know when you're reading along, and have to take a moment to dog ear the page to be able to refer back to an especially good phrase later? that happened to me on pg. 147 of "the secret life of bees"

She laughed again. "You know, some things don't matter that much, Lily. Like the color of a house. How big is that in the overall scheme of life? But lifting a person's heart -- now, that matters. The whole problem with people is ---"
"They don't know what matters and what doesn't," I said, filling in her sentence and feeling proud of myself for doing so.
"I was gonna say, The problem is they know what matters, but they don't choose it."

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