The Might-Have-Been

At Tara in this fateful hour,
I call on all Heaven with its power,
And the sun with its brightness,
And the snow with its whiteness,
And the fire with all the strength it hath
And the lightning with its rapid wrath,
And the winds with their swiftness along their path,
And the sea with its deepness,
And the rocks with their steepness
And the earth with its starkness
All these I place by God's almighty help and grace

Between myself and the powers of darkness!

Many times during the reading of A Swiftly Tilting Planet Jessica announced that this was by far her favorite L'Engle book. Rather than the metaphysical concepts which took up the bulk of the second book (I admit that to legitimize a world without sight, touch, or physical proportions merits much attention) this book was filled with action. With a time traveling unicorn (gotta get me one of those!) each new chapter is a new time with new but interconnected characters. There were times where we began to drown in the amount of characters, especially as they were all related in some way and recycled each other's names. It reminded me of the confusion of generations of names in Wuthering Heights or, to a larger extent, The Silmarillion.

While we walked this morning to Manito Park Jess and I mused about the message of family in the book, of the interconnectivity and importance of any given person in a family for good or for bad. Jessica and I truly desire to be a family, a healthy and strong family. With school starting for me tomorrow and with Jessica as we speak securing another event with Alisa we feel a strong sense of being a family, being our own people, pursuing our own passions like child-like adults, grounded with each other. This book really inspires us for this wonderful time and for the hope of children and an extended family some time later. We'll see where the name Roy goes.

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