Friday, February 06, 2009

Wise Words I'd hope I'd remember...

But since my brain is mush I probably won't.

I've been reading again, for the first time in a long time (since this) because feeding the Captain sort of facilitates reading, if I can keep from getting sucked into my reading material. When I get sucked in then the Captain feeds for too long then promptly empties his engorged tummy all over me. Not pretty.

....Let the children learn from your attitude that he (your husband) is important. Encourage him. Be kind. It is a rough world, and he, like everyone else, is fighting to survive. Be cheerful. Don't be a whiner.

Marjorie Pay Hinckley

(Yeah, that one was a zinger through my heart. Whiner? Me?! Never!)

Then I've been reading Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner. I am LOVING it. It answers my longing for a narrative about married people who stay (happily) married. At least so far. I'll be sure to mention it if I feel differently once If finish.

Some brilliant bits:

"Henry James says somewhere that if you have to make notes on how a thing has struck you, it probably hasn't struck you" - - clearly this person hasn't been through fuzzy prego/mommy brain wherein you can't even remember what month it is without checking.

"I suspect that what makes hedonists so angry when they think about overachievers is that the overachievers, without drugs or orgies, have more fun." - as a lifelong member of the overachievers club, I totally get what this is saying. Otherwise it probably sounds totally bizarre to you. Think about the song "Go for a natural high" from the old Safety Kids albums. That's the gist of it.

It feels good to read again. I'm also perusing some books about incorporating Montessori principles at home. Anybody have any experience/insight into that realm?


Martha said...

I have a book on this. I just found it the other day. It looks quite intriguing, although I haven't gotten very deep into it yet. The book I have has lovely pictures to demonstrate with easy to browse chapters. I'll have to look at it more closely and let you know. Good luck my friend! James and I are almost over our colds... then I want to come see you!!

--jeff * said...

i do love marjorie pay. : )

if you can't find a marriage-affirming book, you can always watch "sunrise" again. it's even silent, so noisy kids won't cause you to miss the words! ; )

i think you're doing much better than you may think, em. don't let you tell you otherwise.

Cam said...

>Let the children learn from your attitude that he (your husband) is important.<
Children definitely learn by example how to treat their father by the way their mother treats him.

Carolanne said...

I LOVE Safety Kids! Thanks for the memory, I have a huge grin on my face.

Heidi said...

Heather is the one to ask about Montesorri principles. She is teaching at a Montesorri school now.

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