For Thanksgiving I had a big trip planned. Chip and I wanted to go to Nashville for a night, spend two nights with my grandparents in Mississippi, and then finish up our trip with some friends in Cleveland, Tennessee. We didn't make it past Kentucky because the transmission in my car went out. Why did we take the Civic you ask? Because Chip's car needed some routine work done and he didn't have time to get it fixed before we left. Anyway, I now have a new 2010 Ford Fusion with basically no miles on it-- Brand new to me! This one isn't actually mine, but it looks like this:
Two weeks after Thanksgiving, I found out that my grandmother passed away. Of course she had to die right after my failed attempt to go see her. I am still super upset about the fact that I could have seen her right before she died, but I am trying not to feel guilty. There was nothing that I could have done to prevent my car dying on the side of the road. The funeral was this past Monday. The service was really nice and it was great to see family. I will miss my grandmother a lot. She was the only grandmother that I ever knew.
My grandmother and I were close and both really loved to read. She would always tell me what she was reading. Whenever she was done with them she would mail be a huge box of books. It was like Christmas every time she sent me a package.
After the funeral, everyone said that I should take her Kindle. Unfortunately, I couldn't get into the Kindle because I didn't know the password. Grandmother had a list of her passwords to various places next to her computer, but her Kindle password wasn't there. My grandpa, aunt, cousin and I sat at the table and tried to think of what her password might have been. We tried for about an hour it seemed until we gave up. The next day I called the Kindle people and after I explained the situation, they were nice enough to help me get into it. They couldn't give me the password, but they helped me somehow.
Once I got into the Kindle, I saw that my grandmother had 47 books in it. Out of those 47 books I had only read 3! I was super excited!! 44 books to read? I'm set!
I never thought that I would have liked to read a Kindle. I have always said how much I like the feel of a real live genuine book in my hands, but surprisingly I like it. The best part about it is that I can plug it into the iPod connecter in my car, turn it on text to speech, and listen to the book while I'm driving.
So as I looked through my grandmother's list of books, I recognized the title The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery.
"Madame Michel has the elegance of the hedgehog: on the outside, she's covered in quills, a real fortress, but my gut feeling is that on the inside, she has the same simple refinement as the hedgehog: a deceptively indolent little creature, fiercely solitary - and terribly elegant."
"But if you dread tomorrow, it's because you don't know how to built he present, and when you don't know how to build the present, you tell yourself you can deal with it tomorrow, and it's a lost cause anyway because tomorrow always ends up becoming today, don't you see?"
So, even though I lost my grandmother, I am so happy to have her Kindle and to be able to read all of the lines that she highlighted. Tomorrow would have been my grandmother's 84th birthday. I devote this blog post to her. :)
Pick up this book if you are up for a challenging read! I'll let you know what I think of it when I finish.