I have many favorite authors who's books I love to wade knee deep into over and over again. But there is only one with whom I can go back to again and again for wisdom - and for joy. When I first read her words I found I agreed with so many of her thoughts and ideas. Both of her books keep calling me back to those curled pages and I so wish we could return to her concept of what life was like before technology.
"Everybody is a story," she told me from the written page of one of her books.
"People sat around kitchen tables and told their stories...It is the way wisdom gets passed along."
We don't share that kind of wisdom much anymore. Her wisdom is that of a Jewish mind and my favorite line of hers is, "Real stories take time." We really don't have time anymore to work at life in a way that makes for good stories (at least most of us don't...) and we certainly don't make time to listen to those important stories of our lives from those around us anymore.
So, today I am stopping to gather up my stories like a hen gathers up her chicks. The stories I've learned have become important ones for me, and some of the lessons I've learned from those tales are too.
Like good letters good stories aren't perfect, but share the essence of us and our stories with those we know and love.