Saturday, March 13, 2010

Quote It Saturday 3/13

Well, I did crash after my two big days...but only briefly! I had all the classic CFS symptoms Friday morning - sore throat, aches, exhaustion - so I rested, totally gave up on my to-d0 list, and took an early nap. And...surprise! I felt a lot better by afternoon. Ken came home early, we took each of the boys to a friend's house for a sleep-over, and went to the closing meeting for our mortgage refinancing. Then, Ken and I enjoyed a wonderful dinner out (it's been ages since we've had any time alone together) and a good movie at home in the evening. I'm still feeling pretty good today and am even hoping we may be able to stop by our friends' St.Patrick's Day party tonight (we've missed it for many years). Too early to draw conclusions yet, but I'm thinking the d-ribose might actually be helping!

I thought I'd try to resurrect my Saturday routine of posting a book quote. Since I'm in such a good mood, I was looking for something happy and uplifting today. Today's quote is a partial excerpt from one of my favorite books of 2009, The Crowning Glory of Calla Lily Ponder by Rebecca Wells (my review of the audio book). If you're looking for a book to lose yourself in, that will make you laugh out loud and cry your eyes out, this is a great one!

Here's one of my favorite quotes from the book, a list that Calla Lily's mother, M'Dear, wrote that hung on the refrigerator of their home in the little town of La Luna, Louisiana. In the book, La Luna is both the name of the town and the name of the river, and Calla's mother also refers to La Luna, the Moon Lady, who watches over her. I've abridged this list a bit so as to not give away any spoilers:
The Rules of Life According to M'Dear:
  • Sleep with the windows open (window screens are fine, when necessary).
  • Whistle in the dark. Calla Lily, your attempt at whistling is good enough.
  • Good enough is good enough. Perfect will make you a big fat mess every time.
  • Sing anytime you feel like it, and even more when you don't feel like it. Sonny Boy, this does not mean in math class, although you have my permission to sing in all other classes. Will, all your silent singing is good, and also try to sing out loud at least once a day.
  • Let love slip underneath closed doors, through tiny cracks in the walls, through your pores.
  • MOST IMPORTANT: KEEP ON DANCING. Dance while you're brushing your teeth, dance while the sun shines, dance under the moon...Remember, La Luna waits for us to dance in her light, so dance in the streets. When life is happy, dance in the kitchen, and when life is roughest, dance in the kitchen...
- The Crowning Glory of Calla Lily Ponder by Rebecca Wells

Lots of good advice, don't you think? I especially like "Perfect will make you a big, fat mess every time." I love the Live Your Life To the Fullest attitude embodied in this novel.

Hope you're enjoying a nice weekend!


Unknown said...

Hey Sue.

I've nominated you for a happiness award. Can't wait to read your top ten!

More info:

FG x

Renee said...

Love these! Great quotes...Of course you knwo that Rebecca Wells lives with Lyme Disease? She is much better after being extremely ill for a long time.
Dancing ~ reminded me of the title of a book written by Joel's first cousin, Tim Hansel ~ "You Gotta Keep Dancing"..
Isn't that the truth....
Great quote Sue...Glad you are having a better day.

Sue Jackson said...

Thanks, Forgetful Girl! Busy weekend right now, but I'll take a look as soon as I get the chance...

Renee -

yes, I did hear Rebecca Well has Lyme disease. I guess she was very ill for a while - it's an inspiration that she went on to write yet another wonderful book!


Anonymous said...

Hooray for naps that really make you feel rested! Lovely quotes. Thanks for your good energy. :D


dominique said...

"Good enough is good enough. Perfect will make you a big fat mess every time."

This one was my favorite. Love that.

I actually have a folder on my browser stuffed with quotes. I adore quotes.

My favorite at the moment is by Cervantes -

"The pen is the tongue of the mind."

Dusty Bogwrangler said...

Brilliant quote as usual! I like the singing bit. I love to sing and my new house has a terrific acoustic. Not sure the neighbours agree though!

I'm so glad the two days didn't get you too badly :-)

Shelli said...

Love it! I tweeted that quote before I finished your post and found out it was your favorite.

Toni said...

Great quote. Good enough is good enough. Repeat four times a day!

Lori P said...

What a great quote.

I'm glad you were able to have your date night. Hope you're doing well today.

parenting ad absurdum said...

Fantastic advice. And something we need to remind ourselves of constantly. Book quotes are a great idea!!

Btw - love love LOVED the comment you left with the quote "no you may not put your feet in the mashed potatoes." HILARIOUS. I may quote you (and link back to your blog, of course) in a future post, if I may?


Sue Jackson said...

Thanks, Peryl - Of course you can link back to my blog. I have dozens of those kinds of ridiculous quotes written in old journals from when the boys were small! I don't know if your readers would be interested in this blog (though you may have other parent readers with chronic illness), but my kids' book blog would probably be of interest to most of them: