Sunday, August 23, 2009

For my girls & any other young people who read this blog (but good for grown-up people too)...

"We learned about the media in class today." My teen daughters told me as we walked out to the car after church.

"Oh yeah?" I asked. "Did you learn about how bad it can be?"

"Yeah, and books too. Our teachers said that just because they don't have bad images doesn't mean that they're okay, words can be just as bad."

"I know, they're right." I said. "I just read a really bad book and they are absolutely right."

"Mom!" Both girls reprimanded (much like they did when I had a hickey) "Why'd you read it then?"

"I don't know, I shouldn't have, but it sucked me in."

It did too. It sucked me in from page one. Lolly Winston is a very talented author (I LOVE talented authors) I just wish she could share her talent without adding all of the extra unnecessary junk to it.

And while this book did help me to wake up and enjoy my relationship in a more plugged in, "I adore you more than anything else in this world" kind of way, I'm sure there are plenty of other good books out there that could have done the same thing without subjecting me to all of the other crap-o-la.

It's like the old cockroach in the soup analogy. The soup is quite delicious except for the dead cockroach that is floating in it, but just eat around that and it will be fine. And the soup (book) was good, very enjoyable indeed, that is if you don't count the dismembered bug legs that are now stuck in my teeth.

I don't like bug legs in my teeth, which is why I try to live by this creed:

13 We believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men; indeed, we may say that we follow the admonition of Paul—We believe all things, we hope all things, we have endured many things, and hope to be able to endure all things. If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things.

(taken from the Articles of Faith of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints)

Being close to the Spirit of God is far more important to me than picking through some old buggy stew. Besides there are so many other YUMMY, BUG-FREE SOUPS out there to choose from that are much more nutritious,
without the bad aftertaste.


4boyzmdmom said...

That's a great analogy! There are so many "soups with bugs in them" these days. (Just read one recently, actually.)

MaryRC said...

funny thats how i felt about reading the time travelers wife, the book has unnecessary crap in it that left a sour taste in my mouth. had no desire to see the movie, but your post makes me think the stupid roach stuff may not be in it.

hanna (kmcaldwell) said...

ha i know what you mean about bad books. hey this is really good for a family home evening lesson. thx so much

hanna caldwell

Tara said...

So. Not. Eating. The. Soup.

Bren's Life said...

Man- Your like the little Angel sitting on my shoulder!!! I have so been wanting to go get that book...
Thanks A LOT!!!