Grateful Lines: The Distance Connection through Books

I have grand intentions to read books that are considered classics.  But since reading is one of my primary ways to relax, somehow reading a book that really makes me concentrate does not sound very appealing.  When I read about the idea of long distance book clubs in Lisa Wingate’s, Firefly Island, I knew that was an idea worth pursuing.

I have been in a book club before and enjoyed the experience.  But due to time constraints, another evening event is not really a possibility for me right now.  Yet I wanted to be able to discuss literature with someone still, just in a more casual way.  Enter my Minnesota friend, Amy.

Amy and I were college roommates for several years.  She is one of the dearest people that I know!  She has always added perspective to my life.  We annually call each other on our birthdays, and since they fall in April and October that works out fabulously.  Now that we have texting and Facebook, we keep in touch even more.

Amy had posted periodically about books that she had completed.  Such as To Kill a Mockingbird.  My current titles were not as meaningful.  I approached Amy about choosing classic books together, then posting on a Facebook page our thoughts.  This has worked out well for me.  I am nearing the end of a book that I was challenged to read over a decade ago.  Yes, being the type of person that she is, Amy let me pick the first title.

Many years ago, my elementary principal, Mr. Kroeker, had told me that Uncle Tom’s Cabin was one of the most meaningful books that he  had ever read.  Since I greatly respected the man, I took his words to heart and knew that someday I needed to read that title.  Now was the time.

And I am glad that I have read it – Harriet Beecher Stowe does an amazing job with perspective.  I have a feeling that I may not like the ending.  But still I press on, partially knowing that I need to keep up with Amy.  Next we might tackle A Christmas Carol which would be a re-read for me, but is always good this time of year.  At least I know there is a good ending.

Technology may have its downside, but I am definitely thankful for the connections that can happen.  I am so thankful that Amy has been a part of my life for over 20 years now.  And that we can share our love of reading, even if we do not get to be face-to-face like we once were.  Love you my friend!

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