Haley of Carrots for Michaelmas, “How I Almost Became the Smug Mom”
Let’s all repeat this over and over to ourselves, OK? I’ve been lucky to receive very little (obvious, explicit) mom-hate, and I’ve tried so hard not to be disapproving of what other people find works. It’s a lesson in compassion, for sure.
It won the Nobel Prize! And yet I only heard about it through Haley, though once I was looking, I found a copy in our church library and encountered a coworker at the library who’d read (and loved) the book as a teenager.
It was funny to read this just after the Anne books — a wholly unfamiliar book coming after a nearly memorized one, Catholic following Protestant, unflinching and melancholy after “light, and bright, and sparkling,” although both focused on motherhood (after all, my honors thesis carried the title, “Motherhood and Nurturing in Anne of Green Gables”). I’m not sure I’d say I liked Kristin Lavransdatter exactly —or at least that I liked Kristin herself — but I was totally absorbed and I’m still thinking about it. Medieval Norway is so unfamiliar it might as well be fantasy, yet Kristin’s deeply held Catholicism — even when she’s violating those beliefs — means Kristin and I have more in common than I share with many latter-day protagonists. And the book’s sometimes uncomfortable meditations about marriage and motherhood, as Kristin learns again and again that she cannot find perfect peace and redemption in those she loves, come at just the right time for me.
(Because Haley tagged me, and because I’ve been pretty quiet around here lately.)
1. The first rule is to post these rules.
2. Post a photo of yourself and 11 things about yourself/your life .
3. Answer the questions set for you in the original post.
4. Create 11 new questions and tag people to answer them.
5. Go to their blog/twitter and tell them that you’ve tagged them.
I tag: Beca, Shelby, Caitlin and my mother.