Sunday, April 24, 2011

Sunday Slumber: The Things They Carried Excerpt + Free Weekly Blog Planner


I love Sunday. At the place I'm living now, time seems to move a fraction slower on Sunday and everything is so quiet. Birds chirping, tousled sheets and vanilla latte. Today is the best time to lie down and perhaps crack open a book while slow music plays in the background.


So no reviews or meme or ranting in general today. Let's just bask in Tim O'Brien's talent to weave beautiful sentences. Seriously, some people just got it you know? Make us mere mortals feel even more self-conscious of our own writing.



First Lieutenant Jimmy Cross carried letters from a girl named Martha, a junior at Mount Sebastian College in New Jersey. They were not love letters, but Lieutenant Cross was hoping so he kept them folded in plastic at the bottom of his rucksack. In the late afternoon, after a day's march, he would dig his foxhole, wash his hands under a canteen, unwrap the letters, hold them with the tips of his fingers, and spend the last hour of light pretending. He would imagine romantic camping trips into the White Mountains in New Hampshire. He would sometimes taste the envelope flaps, knowing her tongue had been there. More than anything, he wanted Martha to love him as he loved her, but the letters were mostly chatty, elusive on the matter of love. She was a virgin, he was almost sure. She was an English major at Mount Sebastian, and she wrote beautifully about her professors and roommates and midterm exams,
about her respect for Chaucer and her great affection for Virginia Woolf.  

She often quoted lines of poetry; she never mentioned the war, except to say, Jimmy, take care of yourself. The letter weighed four ounces. They were signed Love, Martha, but Lieutenant Cross understood that Love was only a way of signing and did not mean what he sometimes pretended it meant. At dusk, he would carefully return the letters to his rucksack. Slowly, a bit distracted, he would get up and move among his men, checking the perimeter, then at full dark he would return to his hole and watch the night and wonder if Martha was a virgin.

Aaawesoomee.... *rub hands* I'm gonna read that again.

Feeling suffocated with an avalanche of bloggy things to-do? Sunday is the perfect time to de-clutter your mind by jotting down your plans for the week to come on a paper or better yet, a planner! Especially if it's free and as cute as this!


Download your cute planner here: oh my! handmade goodness

4 comments:

Brandileigh2003 (Blkosiner's Book Blog) said...

Cute planner :)
Brandi from Blkosiner’s Book Blog

Soon Hana said...

it is, right? I love free downloads like that!

Lauren M said...

Omigoodness! That blog planner is adorable! Definitely downloading it! Thanks for sharing! :)

Soon Hana said...

Hi Lauren, thanks for stopping by. Many illustrators and designers let people download their artworks for free, u should definitely check them out :)

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