Remembering those who have gone before… and experienced before… I attended a book club tonight. For the first month we read “Night” by Elie Wiesel. I had read it in high school, but it has been years. The version I read was a little bit different as well. This book hit me much more powerfully this time. I’m not sure if it is because I am a mother now, that I have experienced a little bit more of life (12 years or so), or that the version was what touched me. Books like this are hard for me to read, but I also feel that they are important. It is essential to learn about and remember history. I few thoughts I came away with tonight were:
- I am so thankful for the freedom and life that I enjoy. Incredibly thankful.
- I wonder how I would feel and react in that type of situation. I pray that I would be strong and help others.
- I want to build up a well of strength now, in case I ever need to rely on it. I want to have vivid, strong, wonderful memories of my husband and children. If we were ever seperated, I know I would come back to those memories time and time again. I want to have so many of them – just overflowing. And then I will pray that I will always be around to make more of those memories. One lady cross-referenced Elie’s book with one by Viktor E. Frankl, “Man’s Search for Meaning”. He talks about how he kept an image of his wife in his mind. He did not know if she was dead or alive, but he knew how much he loved her. He used his memory of her to survive. I want to be the kind of woman that is inspiring, loving, beautiful inside and out… a strength to her husband and children.
To top off a wonderful evening of discussion – I found out that Mr. Wiesel is coming to give a lecture in a town less than ten miles away. He will be speaking at the end of next month at the college nearby. I have it marked on my calendar.
p.s. I made three delicious loaves of bread with my Bosch today. Easy and tasty! Jim Bob and the kiddos grated some cheese for tonight’s dinner (taco salad) in the Bosch as well. That lady has a lot of get up and go. Hmmm, I feel that she deserves a name. I will have to think on that one. Night all.