Monday, October 6, 2008

A Nosey Girl and a Nose in a Book (Meme)

I'm glad my previous entry (A Day in the Life) was well received. I think I may do another to show some of the things I left out. I'm quite nosey, and I love to see how others live. "Back in the day" when we lived in apartments, I use to take a walk every night... and sometimes people would have their blinds open and lights on, which meant I could clearly see in their windows without smashing my face against the glass (not that I would ever do that). It's kind of cool to see how people arrange and decorate apartments that are laid out exactly like your own, dontcha think?

I think people are especially curious about what goes on inside a house with a homeschooling family! What do those people do all day, anyway? What does "school" look like for them? I use to do picture requests, and a lot of times people wanted to see what the inside of my pantry and fridge looked like! In fact, I'm open to picture requests- if there's anything you'd like to see (within reason, of course), let me know and I'll snap a picture for a big photo entry to come.

Mother Hen over at Ship Full O' Pirates tagged me for a meme. Now, some meme's are quite routine and boring, but this one is different from all the rest.

The rules of this meme are as follows:
Grab the nearest book.
Open the book to page 56.
Find the fifth sentence.
Post the text of the next two to five sentences in your journal/blog along with these instructions.
Don’t dig for your favorite book, the cool book, or the intellectual one: pick the CLOSEST.
Tag five other people to do the same.

Okay, I admit, I did think, "Hmm, no one would know if I got up and got a different book off of my bedstand." But, I'd know, right? So, I reached down and picked up a book. See, when I'm on the computer, I always sit in the same chair. It's a wingback recliner, there's a pair of them, and between the two is a basket of bible related books. So, I picked up a book from the basket, flipped to page 56.... and the page was blank. It happened to be a blank page at the end of a chapter, so I put it back and pulled out another.... which happened to be one of my favorites:

Such ideals the poets and novelists sometimes give us. They appear well to the eye as they are portrayed for us on the brilliant page. But of what use would they be in the life which the real woman of our day has to live? A breath of early air would stain them. One day of actual experience in the hard toils and sore struggles of life would shatter their frail loveliness to fragments. We had better seek for ideals which will not be soiled by a rude touch nor blown away by a stiff breeze, and which will grow lovelier as they move through life's paths of sacrifice and toil. The true wife needs to be no mere poet's dream, no artist's picture, no ethereal lady too little for use, but a woman healthful, strong, practical, industrious, with a hand for life's common duties, yet crowned with that beauty which a high and noble purpose gives to a soul. [Home-Making, J.R. Miller]

I love how writers of old wrote with such eloquency and poetic feel.

So, now, to finish off the Meme, I must tag five people. Hmm.
1. Kristin over at Homemaker at Heart, because she's one of my best online buddies.
2. My "in-real-life" friend, Natasha at Ferris Wheel of Life.
3. Courtney at Momma's Goodies, whom I met when I adopted our dog from her. Our meeting had lasting impacts, because she became interested in homeschooling, and is now deschooling her oldest child!
4. My cousin, Renita at Sansom Times.
5. And last, but certainly not least, my friend Margot over at Full of Heart, who is so beautifully creative (and gracious and kind and...).