Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Gift From The Sea-A Book Review
I don't often read a book more than once. This is an exception. The first time I read Gift From the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh was right after my youngest son left home. That would be about 20 plus years ago. I was entering into the 'empty-nest' life with my husband. I was searching for a new way to define my life. This book came highly recommended by a friend. The book did NOT speak to me at that time. Even though I WAS looking to find a way for that perfect balance in life and relationships. I no longer fit into the 'mother' season of life. I was now a 'empty-nester' and almost a new grandmother.
A few years after I finished reading this book, before I found my new place in the world, I was once again thrust into the world of being a mother. Back to taking kids to grade school. Of attending parent-teacher conferences, band concerts, buying the needed clothes and cooking for hungry kids. I would not ever again try to search for the relationship I should have with my husband without kids in the house. We became parents again. And he died before we had to struggle with the quietness of the empty-nest.
I found, once again, I was wearing the mask of social life that Anne refers to when she is talking about the Channelled Whelk. That I was leaving behind the freedom and peace I was just beginning to discover. But, as a favorite person once reminded me, "it is what it is". And I survived!
In her book, Gift From The Sea, Anne Marrow Lindbergh shares her meditations on youth and age, love and marriage, solitude, peace, and contentment. She does this while she is on a vacation, alone, to a beach island. She likens different seasons of our lives to seashells: the Channelled Whelk, the Moon Shell,the Double Sunrise Shell, the Oyster Bed, and the Argonauta. I have these seashells in my coffee table (a drawer that is topped with glass) so I can continue my search for balance. As I begin to once again enter the last stages of my life (women live an average of 83.9 years)I will continue to search!! Anne calls this stage 'the abandoned shell'.
Have you read this book? You should!
I give this book *****. Maybe because I love the beach so much! And maybe because I am reflecting on my life and where the next years will take me. This book was part of May's Book Club reading. I can't wait to discuss it!