When I was a tween and read A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith, I never guessed the impact it would have on my future life.
Now that I'm an adult and re-visited A Tree Grows in Brooklyn I am amazed at how many parallels this story had with my own life and the insight I gained from having read it.
"From that time on, the world was hers for the reading. She would never be lonely again, never miss the lack of intimate friends. Books became her friends and there was one for every mood."
Here are a few understandings I have thanks to Francie Nolan's world:
- Insatiable hunger for books is a blessing
- Hero-worshiping an alcoholic father, despite his flaws is a daughter's right
- Tell the truth and then write the lies in your journal as stories
- A brother can be a soulmate
- Even if your aren't your mother's favorite, you can still form an unbreakable bond with her
- The library is both a paradise and an escape
- Reading to your children every single day builds an unshakable foundation for learning
Have you ever revisited a book and been awed by the influence it had on your life?
Thank you, Julie Musil for bringing me back to a story that has both shaped and validated who I am.