If I am repaired, can we meet again for the first time, in all of the places I have feared to go, and then, again, in all of the places I will have forgotten, if I am repaired?



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Friday, July 7, 2017

Bridge to Terabithia


I figure my Elementary School had Katherine Paterson's, Bridge to Terabithia on a shit-list of some sort. That's why I never read it as a kid.

I went to a private school. A Christian private school. A school so uptight, it made St. Paul's, the local Catholic school, look like some sort of inner-city den of iniquity. A school that didn't hire ... even part time ... liberated, new-age hippy music teachers, like Bridge's Miss Edmunds. A school that prayed regularly, said the Pledge of Allegiance and would blackball in a heartbeat, even a Newberry Medal-Winner, with a character like short-haired, pants wearing Leslie Burke, who says, and I paraphrase, that she didn't believe God went around damning people straight to hell.

Why Leslie, don't be such a silly girl.

Sigh. What else did I miss out on?

Anyway, I've read Bridge to Terabithia now. Got a lovely signed '77 hardcover edition. Cried like a baby. Wonderful read. Highly recommend it. 

       





2 comments:

  1. This was my all-time favorite book as a child. There was a patch of woods behind my house growing up that I called Terabithia. I even had a rope swing from a tree. Others from that time period that I loved:

    Jacob have I loved, also by Katherine Paterson

    A Ring of Endless Light, by Madeleine L'Engle (actually, any L'Engle book called to me)

    Pigman, by Paul Zindel

    A Solitary Blue, by Cynthia Voigt.

    I love books!

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    1. Me too! And thank you so much for the suggestions. I've put them all on my 'to read' list. Can't wait!

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