Monday, October 08, 2007

"The Word"

I'm currently reading a delightful new book by Elizabeth Gilbert, titled "EAT PRAY LOVE".

You've probably heard of it, as it's been on the New York Times Bestseller list for a bit, and I think she's been on Oprah by now as well. It was a last minute purchase - we were in a book store recently and I just picked it up and bought it, remembering that I had heard some positive chatter about it somewhere.... The writing is fresh and descriptive and just what I need right now. The book is divided into 3 sections (3 different areas of the world that she travels in: Italy, India and Indonesia). I haven't been to the later 2, but was lucky enough to spend 2 glorious weeks in Italy with hubby a couple of years ago.

Oh how I've loved the Italy chapter... her descriptions of Rome, Lucca, Venice, Naples... the people, the food (oh, the food!), the history... Calgon, take me away!

At the close of the Italy chapter, she has a discussion about "the word" of a city - as she put it "if you could read people's thoughts as they were passing you on the streets of any given place, you would discover that most of them are thinking the same thought".

Interesting concept.

I won't spoil it for you and tell you the word of Rome :) She goes on to discuss "the word" for different times of her life, and for herself.

Hmmm... what would your word be? Is it really possible to sum yourself up in one word? I've been thinking about this one for a few days now and am still struggling to pick just one. The closest that I can come to is:


Not the most profound of words, but definitely one that describes me in every stage of my life, and in all that I do day-to-day. It's got some good and bad to it, but it has kept me grounded and generally successful with life's ups and downs.

To completely change the topic now... today is the due date for Baby V and he has decided that he's not quite ready to meet the world. We scheduled an induction for next Monday, but hopefully the membrane stripping that the doc did today will stimulate labor before any drugs need to be introduced. I'm hoping the next time I write I'll be the happy mom of 2 :) Until then, I'm focusing on a healthy and safe delivery...


I am Jen said...

Oh, how they like to take their sweet time. The later two of mine decided to be a week late. I was really getting crazed with Emmy. But birthing is such a sweet process, the best part of pregnancy. I am so excited. You should get something in the mail today.

Allyson Hill said...

I need to get this on audiocd NOW!