a quote from my favorite author

“The most solid advice, though, for a writer is this, I think: Try to learn to breathe deeply, really to taste food when you eat, and when you sleep, really to sleep. Try as much as possible to be wholly alive, with all your might, and when you laugh, laugh like hell, and when you get angry, get good and angry. Try to be alive. You will be dead soon enough.”

-William Saroyan, The Daring Young Man on the Flying Trapeze

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Like Mother, Like Daughter

“Most people stock up on food when they know a blizzard is coming, but we’re the crazy family that has to stock up on books,” my mom confessed to our secretary in explanation of why she was stopping by the front office of my school this morning to pick up some books I had left for her.

It’s true. The first thing I lamented when I heard we were going to be hit with a big snow storm was that I hadn’t bought Trapped by Michael Northrop the last time I was at the bookstore. I held it in my hand, but figured I wouldn’t be in the mood for it since the snow season was coming to a close. Clearly, I was wrong.

My mom left my school this morning armed with my latest book recommendations from the world of young adult literature to keep her busy throughout tomorrow’s storm. Although, I headed home after school today without a copy of the book the snow has given me the itch to read, I did not head home empty-handed.

My mom had left me a gift in return for the borrowed books. The reused plastic grocery bag held her latest creative endeavor: a skirt for me. Years ago, I would’ve surely rolled my eyes and begrudgingly pretended to like the clothes she made me, hoping nobody would notice when I stiffly wore them out of obligation. Now, I understand the treasure that this skirt really is. It doesn’t hurt that it is the perfect style to match my favorite pair of boots, or that the skirt has a fit tailored perfectly to flatter my shape. Mostly, though, I am proud to wear something my mom cared enough to create for me.

So, tomorrow, I will snuggle under the covers with my second choice in books, toasty warm with the knowledge that my mother still finds ways to take care of me. And I know she, too, will be cozied up with good books, warmed by the knowledge that she has a daughter who appreciates her.


  1. Wow...this was enjoyable on so many levels. I dont' have the relationship you have with your mom but it is so wonderful to read about those who do. Time to email both of my boys and tell them I love them:) Thank you.

  2. I hope your mom reads your blog--this will make her cry happy tears! What a very nice thing to say...

    And now on to the books--I too always need a book for those unexpected/expected snow days. I had not heard of Trapped but it will be going into my Amazon cart! If you haven't read it yet, I recommend "Matched" by Ally Condie....I have passed it on to several of my high school students. A wonderful read...

    Deb Day

  3. @Wanda- Your boys are lucky to have you!
    @Deb- One of my students just recommended Matched to me and said it was similar to The Giver. Now that I have two people who recommend it, it will for sure go on my wishlist!