Proving I’m a hobbit at heart, I’d much rather read about adventure than have one of my own. Maybe when I’m 50. 🙂
“People do not give it credence that a fourteen-year-old girl could leave home and go off in the wintertime to avenge her father’s blood but it did not seem so strange then, although I will say it did not happen every day. I was just fourteen years of age when a coward going by the name Tom Chaney shot my father down in Fort Smith, Arkansas, and robbed him of his life and his horse and $150 in cash money plus two California gold pieces that he carried in his trouser band.” Charles Portis, True Grit
I’m sure it’s no surprise to anyone that I feel in love with this book instantly. It’s touching, funny, exciting, and sad. I think it’s a book boys and girls can both enjoy, but if you’re a tomboy of any stripe, you will love it.
I love this quote because one quickly learns as a child that life is full of fearful things. We see our heroes and think they don’t feel fear. We want to be like them. We want to be unafraid. But, in this life you will always have fear. Courage is doing what is right even when you are afraid. That is true courage.
I don’t know who said this, but I think it captures the core of warriors. Warriors are fighting for something or someone. They’re standing between. They put themselves in harms way for the sake of their brothers, their families, and their countries. There is a great, heartrending sadness and beauty to this. I also think it’s a mentality that both men and women can have, even if it is expressed differently.
Probably my favorite quote. This is how I feel about my church family.
I love this moment in Band of Brothers. It’s the moment when Lipton realizes he has a commander he can follow. It’s simply beautiful.