...I want to write like Anne Lamott. She has a way of taking the ordinary things in life, the successes and the failures, and finding the meaning that we all struggle to find in the day to day. Her latest book, Grace Eventually, delivers the usual humor, candor and transparency that I love. Here is what she writes about seeing her son for the first time after birth:
"I loved him intimately, sight unseen. Yet when he lay on my chest for the first time, part of me felt as if someone had given me a Martian baby to raise, or a Martian puppy. And I had no owner's manual, no energy, no clue as to what I was supposed to do.
The other part of me felt as though I were holding my own soul.
Now, all these years later, this pretty much says it."
Other great books by Ms. Lamott are Traveling Mercies and Bird By Bird. Her politics may be quite different than my own, but her books are always a trip down an highway of laughter and tears, with a little more understanding at the end of the journey.
Next on my reading list is Polio: An American Story by David Oshinsky.
What are you reading?