“And I learned what is obvious to a child. That life is simply a collection of little lives, each lived one day at a time. That each day should be spent finding beauty in flowers and poetry and talking to animals. That a day spent with dreaming and sunsets and refreshing breezes cannot be bettered. But most of all, I learned that life is about sitting on benches next to ancient creeks with my hand on her knee and sometimes, on good days, for falling in love.”
I kind of hate when my friends ask me why I’m reading something. Whenever I take a book to school that isn’t required reading it seems as if everything falls to a state of chaos and mayhem. What are you reading that for? Why are you reading that? Why are you reading a book that’s not for English class?
Maybe I just want to read for readings’ sake. Perhaps I just feel the need to wander.
“In reading there is an expectancy that does not seek to come to anything. To read is to wander. Reading is errantry.” -Pascal Quignard, The Roving Shadows
I think Lupin and Tonks have the best love story in the entire Harry Potter series.
I came to this conclusion last night, as I was re-listening to “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” last night before I fell asleep. I got past the part where Dumbledore dies without crying (“Those who we love never truly leave us forever,” after all). I got past Bill’s mangled face and Fleur’s declaration of love everlasting.
I then burst into tears when Tonks confessed her feelings for Lupin.
Lupin is a seriously tragic character. All of his friends are dead and he’s homeless most of the time. On top of all that, he turns into a wolf once a month. But Tonks loves him anyway. That’s the wonderful part.
Even in the Deathly Hallows, when Tonks gets pregnant and Lupin tries to ditch her to go questing with Harry, she still takes him back with open arms. Lupin and Tonks die together as heroes fighting for what they believe in, exactly as they would have wanted it.
So, if you consider yourself unloveable, take note. You probably are not a werewolf, you can’t change your appearance at will, and hopefully you are not homeless. Somewhere out there who shares your same weirdness, who’s soul was stamped with the same stuff as your soul. Find that person and don’t tell yourself they’re too young or pretty or smart for you. Be like Tonks and Lupin and love them until the end.
So, the other day i was at TJ Maxx. Don’t judge, they totally have some amazing deals. I actually came away with two sweaters and probably one of THE coolest shirts I will ever own. But, I digress. i was at TJ Maxx, checking out standing in line and the most wonderful thing happened. There was this little old lady in a strange black outfit with a walker and an old timey hat with earrings all over it. She walked extremely slow like she was in a lot of pain and the man beside her was guiding her. And as she walked by me she said, “Beautiful girl with a beautiful smile.” And the few little words a stranger had told me completely changed my day. So I was thinking, a few words have SO much power, and I decided I should pay the favor forward. So I’m waiting for the perfect timing, but I will make a stranger’s day wonderful. A few words can change the world, and we should always pass on beautiful words.