Words on Wednesday – Home is Different

Despite the lack of posting during the summer, reading goes on. So this quote is a bit older in my commonplace book, but I still wanted to share it with you today:
home is different
C.S. Lewis is probably one of the most quoted (and therefore misquoted) authors. This quote is supposed to be from The Four Loves, which I honestly haven’t gotten around to reading for myself yet. It’s on my to-read list.

Meanwhile, if it’s accurate, it’s an encouraging thought, right? “Home is different.”

Home shouldn’t be the same as everywhere else. Maybe that will help us not compare to our friends with bigger or better houses. Houses aren’t homes.

And our home is different from someone else’s. There’s freedom in that.

Recently Finished

Vulgar Tongues. Nonfiction by Max Decharne. I love books about words and the history of the English language, but as the title suggests, this book is about words that aren’t for polite company. So, beware. But it does suggest some interesting ideas. What makes certain words “worse” than others? For Christians, we know we shouldn’t take God’s name in vain. But what makes words “cursing” or swearing? Or just plain impolite? And how does that change over time?

Like I said, I find the discussion interesting, but don’t read this book if you’re going to be horrified by bad words because it’s basically a history of slang and “unmentionable” things. (And, never fear, I’m not about to start sprinkling four letter words in my conversation. I think intent matters and I do try to guard my lips from careless or crude speech.)

My Faraway Home. Memoir by Mary McKay Maynard. The author was a child who lived through 1941-1944 in the occupied Philippine islands. Very interesting peek at life very removed from most of our experience. Would give to a teen to read, with one caveat: the author was sexually assaulted by another child. Her parents discovered the situation and dealt with it (not perfectly), but the whole experience is described very bluntly. That is one small part in an otherwise interesting WW2 era memoir. (I ordered this from our library for possible inclusion on my Books about WW2 for Children and Teens list, but I didn’t get it read in time and it’s just as well because it requires several caveats.)

Recently Added

A book about Card Catalogs (because, of course)

And a book about the series Victoria. Because Series 2 has started in the UK and it’s killing me to wait until January to see it on PBS. I’m going to get my tech guy on this problem soon. {wink}

Current Read Aloud

Carry On, Mr. Bowditch. The first few chapters were so sad when we’d go downstairs for our evening reading time one of the girls said, “Let’s go find out what terrible thing happens to Nat this time.”

But things are looking up now!

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  1. I know what you mean about Carry On, Mr. Biwditch – hopefully my 10yo isn’t too upset by it when he reads it this fall. I’m excited to watch more Victoria, too, and I think I’ll let my 15yo watch it as she’s doing the 1800s in history this year. :)