Just some thoughts:
Thank goodness somewhere in my past someone lit the spark of reading for me; I’ll give strong credit to my high school English teacher, Mrs. Riddle. At my 50th high school reunion I had the opportunity to personally thank her, not only for helping to create my interest in reading, but for her patience with me and probably many others in our class. I must say, while she created that reading interest, the English skills she taught us sadly remain lacking on my part. If you have read many of my “just some thoughts,” you know that really is an understatement.
As I get older, I find myself doing something regarding reading that I would have seldom done in the past. I now enjoy reading a book for a second, or maybe even a third, time. Often, I now find myself going back and picking up a previous reading; one such example is the book The Bridges of Madison County. It was probably made more famous to most people by the movie of the same name with Clint Eastwood and Meryl Streep.
Tonight, I picked up a Robert James Waller book for the umpteenth time. In the first chapter the main character, Robert Kincaid, makes a statement that gave me pause. Kincaid is referencing his ex-wife, Marian, when saying, “She left me with more than I left her.” As he drove along the back roads in Minnesota he could still recall her influence, even though that break-up had been nine years previous.
I thought about that statement and wondered if score was kept on all of us, would the balance be in favor of “us or them.” Did that special someone leave more of themselves on us/with us than we left on them? Have we had more influence on others, or has the influence been more on us?
“She left me with more than I left her.”
I guess he’s saying there is more of her left with me than me with her.
You ever have someone leave more on------------ or with you, than you left on them?
March 12, 2013