What is Robin Templin reading?
For years, Robin said that when she retired, she would work at Watermark Books. It took one year, then the universe complied with her wishes... as it always does. Robin is the creative force behind Watermark's window displays. (Yes, it is safe for her to have access to scissors and paint. With adult supervision.) Robin has blantantly flaunted a life-long love affair with words. She loves reading *almost* as much as her dog Paul Petersen the Wonder Dog. Here's what Robin is reading. Brace yourself....
Oh, how I wish the overall premise of the story was not foretold on the inside flap of this one-in-a-million book. If I had a magical literay wand of persuasion, I would wave it over your head to prevent you from having any previous knowledge of this story. It deserves to unfold naturally. And get under your skin and take up residence in your heart.... as you learn the full truth about the wonderful family and community you inherit on page one. This book has been called a five-hankie story. I did indeed cry my way through the final page. BUT... not from sadness. It is sweet melancholy and joy mixed into one delightful story about who we are, how we forgive ourselves, and why love matters. More than anything. Love matters. And perhaps, just maybe, it is about immortality!
This book was AMAZING!!!! A total paradigm shift in how we view and think about the "others" who share our planet.. How can a "creature" so alien be so incredibly intelligent, have such strong individual personalities, have FUN and play, and figure out puzzles and obsticles?! It left me thinking that we humans are pretty egotistical in how we flaunt our "superior" minds. My mind?.... Blown.
Now, I wonder if our lease allows us to own an octopus (or four)?
Proof that you CANNOT judge a book by it's cover. I overlooked this book for weeks, thinking it looked like a romance or something fluffy. (Appologies to my fluffy romance aficionados.) This is one of those rare books that warn you on page one that you are about to be abducted.....changed. Transformed. Informed. And surely more humane....
If you have read this epic tale, do not talk to me.... YET.
I am one third of the way through and I am reading it slowly. Because it is one of "those" books that pack a double puch of perfect words intricately woven together with circumstances that take your breath away. When I am finished, you may approach me for discussion. Unless I am sobbing in the corner, clutching the book to my chest. Then you shoulod probably wait a day or two.
I have bought a copy of this book for everyone I love. I suspect you will do the same. The subtitle says it all... Embracing the Sacred Messiness of Life.
This author lovingly tackles both the small and silly, and overwhelming tangles of life in a way that feels true and right to me. My favorite chapter extols and embraces the fact that life is temporary amd imperfect... and ultimately sweeter when we remember to invite death to the dance. Hard to explain. You just need to read it.There is healing inside these pages.
Oh, don't roll your eyes at me! Yes, this book has been around since 1936. The title has become a cliche' when talking about how we should treat the people that we meet each day. (Oops, Mister Rogers snuck into that sentence!)
Well my friend... this book is more relvant today than ever. It reveals the BASICS of positive interaction with other people. Remember the basics? Heck, this book was written before Captain Kirk invented the cell phone!
And guess what... it is new and relevant and desperately needed today. In fact, the Autistic community recently embraced this little book, calling it the manual they have been waiting for! So, get out your highlighter and prepare to buy another copy for any young adult you know and love. You're welcome.