Thursday, June 23, 2011

Oh That Anne ...

One of my fav authors is Anne Lamott. She is so snappy, yo?
And relevant.
Just read her most recent novel:

What's it about, you might ask?
Well, here. This is what it says on the back:

"Rosie Ferguson is seventeen and ready to enjoy the summer before her senior year of high school. She's intelligent-she aced AP physics; athletic-a former state-ranked tennis doubles champion; and beautiful. She is, in short, everything her mother, Elizabeth, hoped she could be. The family's move to Landsdale, with stepfather James in tow, hadn't been as bumpy as Elizabeth feared.
But as the school year draws to a close, there are disturbing signs that the life Rosie claims to be leading is a sham, and that Elizabeth's hopes for her daughter to remain immune from the pull of the darker impulses of drugs and alcohol are dashed. Slowly and against their will, Elizabeth and James are forced to confront the fact that Rosie has been lying to them-and that her deceptions will have profound consequences."

Some of my favorite lines?
Glad you asked:

Expectations are disappointments under construction. 

L.O.V.E. Letting Others Voluntarily Evolve

"I felt something today. A speck of something, way down deep inside me, at the bottom of the well. It wasn't God. I don't believe in God. But it was not me."
Rae drove along considering this. "Not Me" is a good name for God..."

All kids want to dive into bed and be lying down safely, especially until noon. When you were standing up, you were so vulnerable.

She released her son to his higher power. After all, he was a child of God too. God does not have grandchildren.

His experience with kids who are into drugs and alcohol is that they will get high until the consequences become intolerable. So parents can create consequences, by taking everything away (freedom, computers and so on) but then they have to endure the kid's hatred of you. Besides, kids will find a way to score anyway. They're like trapped rats. 
It's like a board game, the teenage doper equivalent to Snakes and Ladders or Candyland. Only they land on Whirlyhead or Grutty Bedroom or Pool of Puke. Not all kids fold up the board game, they live for it. And even when they get a week of clean time, they go right back to it. It's like velcro. 
If your kid can't pull out on their own, you may have to fold up that game for them.

I'd give er a 8.5 out of 10

Three things I'm thankful for:
1. Books
2. Time to read outside before the clouds rolled in.
3. It's raining. No Bid Deal. I have a new roof.



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