31 Days of Yes: Gratitude
Now, there are some negative reviews on One Thousand Gifts, and it's probably a good idea for someone to read them before buying the book. The writing style is lyrical and rather stream-of-consciousness, and so different from most other work I've read. I did not mind it, and enjoyed it for the most part. There are a few spots in the book where the poetic imagery sort of runs off into the hazy horizon and weirds people out, but I think that's what makes the book move people out of their habit of ordinariness; Ann's way of turning the everyday inside out and inviting you to see the beauty hiding just inside.
". . .I knit brows over kids yelling, and when did I start thinking serenity was something that I owned, that peace was something I had property rights to — and that I’d been straight out robbed if I lost a bit of peace and quiet? How can I lose it when I lose things as trite as a clean counter, a break, an uninterrupted moment? . . .
Who am I to complain in losses — when what I lost wasn't mine to begin with? . . .Everything I have isn't a given — it’s given.
Nothing is a given — everything’s a gift."
501) Ava sympathizing with the baby: "It's so sad that Charlotte is sick. It makes me so sad, I almost want to cry!"
502) No black lung: Ava: "It's so sad when a baby dies, even sadder than anything!" Me: "Charlotte is sick, but not scary sick, so you don't need to worry about that." Ava: "Yeah, she's ok, she doesn't have the black lung."
503) Wyatt's sweet voice saying, "This one, Daddy? Oh, Daddy needs a blue napkin for his foot!"
504) Sibling love (for a change!) "Mama, can I stay with Wyatt forever?"
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