Heidi of Along the Brandywine tagged me with this sweet little tag ages ago. I feel bad about taking this long to post it, but better late than never, right? Sorry, Heidi. 😉 These questions are just plain fun, and I’ve had a great time answering them. Everyone, consider yourselves henceforth tagged!
1. If you could time travel, would you rather visit medieval England or 1800’s Paris?
A choice between England and Paris is just cruel! I love England with a passion, and love Paris only slightly less. But when I take the eras into consideration, I think I’d have to go with 1800’s Paris. The 1800’s is one of my favorite eras in all history. Just think – I might get to run into Jules Verne in the street!
2. For relaxation: G.K. Chesterton, C.S. Lewis, or neither?
Well, usually I’d say C.S. Lewis. Reason #1) He’s one of my top favorite authors of all time. Reason #2) I will go ahead and confess that I have a hard time understanding G.K. Chesterton sometimes. He’s an absolute genius, and I’m not. Therefore I feel like every other sentence just goes whooshing over my head. However, I have been picking up Chesterton a lot lately, and have found a great deal of relaxation and enjoyment from him! I bought a cute, musty little copy of Chesterton’s essays in Oxford (copyright 1930!) and have been working my way through it. There are SO many great essays in there, but my favorite by far is “The Romantic in the Rain”. The opening paragraph is just brilliant:
The middle classes of modern England are quite fanatically fond of washing; and are often enthusiastic for teetotalism. I cannot therefore comprehend why it is that they exhibit a mysterious dislike of rain. Rain, that inspiring and delightful thing, surely combines the qualities of these two ideals with quite a curious perfection. … The scheme of rain in itself is one of an enormous purification. It realises the dream of some insane hygienist: it scrubs the sky. Its giant brooms and mops seem to reach the starry rafters and Starless corners of the cosmos; it is a cosmic spring cleaning.
3. Do you enjoy pie baking? Do you have a favorite kind (apple, cherry, etc.)?
I have baked lamentably few pies in my lifetime. I want to remedy that evil; I just never seem to take the time to actually do it. My sisters are incredible pie bakers, though! They recently made the absolute best apple pie I have ever tasted in my life. They could seriously start a pie business with just that one recipe; they’d be millionaires by the time they turned twenty.
4. A particular way God has blessed you in the past week?
I was blessed this past Sunday to spend an hour with one of the sweetest, most loving people in the world. She’s sort of the universal “grandmother” at our church. Every word out of her mouth is either a prayer or a declaration of gratitude. “I’m so blessed!” is her favorite phrase, and she means it with all her heart. I held her hand and talked to her for a long time, and when sleep overcame her at last, she fell asleep whispering, “I love you!” to me every so often. I can never visit her without being reminded of how good it is when we thank the Lord continually, and when we absolutely shower love onto those around us. I hope that I’m half as wonderful as she is when I’m her age.
5. Something summery and wonderful (i.e. something you did or are planning to do, something you learned, somewhere you’re planning to or have traveled)?
I neglected writing this post for so long that I must change the word “summery” to “fallish”! I love everything about fall. I love hiking. I love getting out all of my boots, scarves and sweaters and wearing them as much as possible. I love seeing frost covering the hills and hay bales. I love curling up by the fire and knitting, reading or listening to an audio book with my family. We’ve already enjoyed our annual church expedition to the local corn maze, our first snow, and a ridiculous amount of baking. But as everyone knows, the climax of fall is Thanksgiving, and it’s only a few weeks away. I can hardly wait!