Thursday, March 27, 2008

No, she didn't get cocky and quit blogging!

What, do I think I have all the time in the world to catch up on my blog? Do I need bad news to kick me into high gear? (I hope not!)

I have tons of updates and travelogs and pictures to put in here in order to catch up. Meanwhile, I have to at least share a quick thought from my latest read.

I recently sponsored the book Beowulf for our book group. It was one that I was supposed to read in high school, but didn't. But I finally had half a mind (ha ha) to read it recently, and I love it, because:

1. The hero, Beowulf, is Scandanavian (part of my ancestry is Swedish and Danish).
2. Beowulf comes to save a village that is being brutally attacked by the evil monster Grendel (my monster is a very deadly brain cancer, but we could relate this to any trial that seems to overwhelm us).
3. He fights this monster without any armor or weapons and survives against all odds, and he does it by (literally) hanging in there. He jumps on the monster and rides out the attack by holding fast to Grendel's arm, and ends up ripping Grendel's arm off at the shoulder, forcing Grendel to retreat and die.

I watched the movie (it's gross) and the fight with Grendel is portrayed as a pretty rough ride. We go through some pretty wild rides ourselves, and if we can just hang on when it gets really bad, we'll emerge victorious.

2 comments:

Mandie said...

Strangly, that's really the only book I remember from high school. Maybe because we nicknamed our English teacher Grendel. (She wasn't very nice.)

Faith said...

I love Beowulf!! Did you read the Seamus Heaney translation? I loathed the movie (saw the 3-d version), though. :)