Tuesday, August 31, 2010
How do you mark the end of combat operations (but we don't call it war)? How do you acknowledge an entirely new chapter in your children's lives (that they are not aware of)? How do you feel hopeful when the future is so uncertain (Afghanistan - Iraq, too, for that matter)? Of course, Kipling doesn't help, though commentators on him do somewhat. For the past couple of nights I've been reading a chapter of Harry Potter when I sit and read with Mister O in his bed (before Harry, this is how I finished Amy Klempnauer Miller's memoir). Tonight, Mister O looked at me and said "Mom, why don't you read a chapter a night until you're done with all seven books?" And so my little guy gives me this gift: to read Harry Potter in peacetime. One chapter at a time.