Sunday, November 18, 2007

Sixth Sentence 161 meme

Ah, I’ve been tagged for the 161 meme by Lori of Smokey Mountain Family History.

To play, open the book you are currently reading, and turn to page 161. Type the sixth sentence from the top of the page.

I’m currently reading Warm Springs: Traces of a Childhood at FDR's Polio Haven by Susan Richards Shreve. It is a memoir of Miss. Richards’ time spent in Warm Springs, Georgia, undergoing treatments for her polio in 1952. In the paragraph before the optimistic thought which follows, she is about to have another surgery to add muscles to her afflicted leg. In the Girl’s Ward the beds are situated with the latest entry into the ward at one end facing the next for surgery on the opposite side, across from her. As one goes into surgery the beds are moved down and around until they face their turn at the end of the rectangle room, hence, “Tomorrow could always be a social improvement on today.” p161

Other passages from the book I have enjoyed…

“I liked the idea of God, not an angry God or even a benevolent one, but a God like the wind, with sufficient force to lift a small girl into the air until she was weightless.” p60

“A reason, maybe the real reason, I never made an effort to be in touch with these people, who were so central to me for an important period of my growing up, is part of the reason I wanted to write this book in the first place. Not so much to discover anyone I’d lost, but to understand why I had wanted to lose them.” p64

Speaking of her parents, “I knew above all that I wanted their admiration, and that seemed difficult to earn as a sick child with a reputation for causing trouble.” p66