Hi everyone! How are you feeling? Hopefully you’re managing to stay healthy despite everything that’s been going around lately. I’m feeling better today thankfully, but sort of relapsed on Saturday. Most of the day was spent sleeping off another fever. The same thing happened to Matt when he was sick, so I was sort of anticipating it, but it still sucked. I’m sick of being sick!
I managed to be a little productive today, and finally got around to taking down our Christmas decorations. Now the apartment seems so empty!
I also did some more post-party clean up, as in scrubbing the champagne stains off our walls. Fun.
My less than eventful weekend comes with perfect timing, because I want to talk about something else anyway!
What Alice Forgot Book Review
The basic premise of the novel centers around a woman named Alice. She’s recently experienced some major life moments…getting married, buying a house, and becoming pregnant with her first child. She’s 29 years-old.
Except wait a minute, she’s not 29, she’s actually 39. She’s had an accident and lost 10 years of her memory. She quickly discovers that life is not the way she remembers it. Her husband speaks to her in a vicious tone, her sister is distant and uninterested, and her closest “friends” are strangers to her. Oh and, she has three kids.
Alice must repair her most important relationships. She finds that the only way to do this is to remember what happened, but hang on to a piece of her younger, 29 year-old self at the same time.
So I must be honest with you guys. I’ve been procrastinating writing this book review. With last month’s book choice, I was a highlighting maniac and couldn’t wait to put some of my thoughts down on paper. I had so much to say and had trouble keeping my review short and sweet.
This time around, I’m struggling to find anything to say. I enjoyed the book, but I didn’t find it special in any way. It was like watching a re-run of How I Met Your Mother. You enjoy it, and you’re sort of paying attention, but once it’s over nothing really sticks.
Parts of the book were very heartbreaking. Reading about a couple going through a divorce with three children, I found myself strangely emotional. Even though I’m fortunate enough to have no idea what that would be like, the way the book was written made it all very real. Then again, I sometimes cry during Folgers commercials so take that with a grain of salt.
The book held my interest pretty well. As the story unfolded, only bits and pieces were given away at a time, and I wanted to keep reading to find out what would happen. In general, I would classify this book as a great beach read.
Something to Think About
The one take-home message I got from this novel was how much time changes you. What were you like 10 years ago? Who were you closest to? Are you still close to them today?
The honest answer for me is no, I’m not close with the same people I was friends with when I was 16. I’ve changed, they’ve changed, and that’s not a bad thing. Life happens.
But the relationships at my core, with my parents and siblings and family, those are the same. And I hope and pray that 10 years from now they’ll still be that way.
As time marches on your interests will change, your hobbies will change, your income and status may change. You’ll make new friends and lose touch with old ones, you may get married or have children. So much can and will happen to you. Just don’t lose sight of where you came from, and what makes you you.
You leave home, you move on
And you do the best you can
I got lost in this whole world
And forgot who I am
Miranda Lambert – “The House that Built Me”
And if you get lost along the way, it doesn’t hurt to just go home again.
Questions: How have you changed in the past 10 years? Are you happy with who you’ve become, or do you miss parts of your former self?