Monday, April 11, 2011

to know you is to love you~

"'Have you ever imagined what it must feel like to be divinely beautiful?'
'Well now, no, I haven't,' confessed Matthew ingenuously.  
'I have, often.  Which would you rather be if you had the choice---
divinely beautiful or dazzlingly clever or angelically good?'
'Well now, I---I don't know exactly.'
'Neither do I.  I can never decide.  
But it doesn't make much real difference for it isn't likely I'll ever be either.'"
Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

I was reading Anne of Green Gables last night to Ellie and Kate.  
As we read this excerpt I posed the question to my girls...
Which would you rather be:
divinely beautiful
dazzlingly clever
angelically good???

They both answered without pause or reservation-
Ellie:  dazzlingly clever
Kate:  angelically good

I thought that it was interesting...they are both so different.
Isn't that an amazing aspect of human nature...our uniqueness!
I have loved and interacted with each of my daughters in a very similar way--
yet they have been their own people from the very beginning.
Completely unique.
I also LOVE that they really chose...of the three options...who they already are.
Isn't that wonderful about children?
They aren't trying to be someone they aren't---
just exploring and growing...
just the way they were made...
exactly who they are---
dazzlingly clever & angelically good.


Tebbs Family said...

Perfect choices--the mind and the heart... I don't think I'd choose to be divinely beautiful either! Smart girls!!!

Rice Family said...

I love that book! I love that your girls already have such a strong sense of who they are! Love your blog! It always makes me smile! :)

Anonymous said...

Oh.. those words bring back fond memories. :)
I love your thoughts on childhood!

Mandy Lynne