Welcome to Georgia's Journey

Georgia Lily Lucas was born at home on October 6th, 2008 4:15am, in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She was diagnosed with SMA (Spinal Muscular Atrophy) on April 1, 2009.

On April 3rd Georgia was taken home, to be near her sisters and the rest of her family and friends. Nearly three weeks later, on April 21, 2009, she died peacefully -- in the loving arms of her mother and in the same room in which she was born.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Escape

I have always been an avid reader, well at least from the age of 7. Ask me what I would take to a deserted island and books would be at the top of my list. I'll read almost anything as long as it has a strong story line and well developed characters. Since Georgia's death I have been unable to read the way I used to. Sure I can concentrate for a little while and read the lines but there hasn't been any stories that have grabbed my attention and made me want to read. In fact, there are several books that I have attempted to read since April 21st that lay unfinished in different spots around my house. They are a constant reminder of what I am no longer able to do.

While on holidays however I picked up a new book. It was actually on the couch at Mike's dad's house when I walked in. I had heard lots about it but it didn't sound interesting to me in the least. While I love love stories vampires aren't really my thing and why would I want to read something originally intended for teenagers anyway? So I read the first chapter... and then I read the second. I was surprised that it had piqued my interest. I decided to buy the book (the original was on its way back to Vancouver). I started reading it every night as I waited for the girls to fall asleep while we were away. All of a sudden I found myself thinking about the story at different times of the day and looking forward to 'bedtime'.

By the time that we were driving home I decided that I had better pick up the next book before I finished the first. This lead to a near panic attack as I ran down the aisles of Superstore in Medicine Hat on a Sunday night hoping that they had it. : ) I nearly broke out in a sweat when I had the third book in my hands but couldn't find the second. Eventually, I found it and nearly skipped back to Mike and the girls. After that I was hooked!

Why am I telling you all of this? Because I finally found an escape again. I am sure that psychologists would have a field day with a grieving mother finding escape in the ideas of immortality but I don't care. In the last two weeks I have found a way to totally and completely relax. When I am immersed in the world of Bella Swan and Edward Cullen I can shut out the rest of the world, at least for a little while. For those precious few minutes, sometimes hours the grief is gone.

I am sure that I could list several reasons as to why I love the story but here are just a couple. If you're a psychologist have fun!
Edward Cullen has become something that he never chose to become and certainly never wanted to become. Despite his circumstances he chooses to live a life that is full of love, compassion and empathy. This is a conscious choice on his part and something that he struggles with throughout the story. He and his family are loyal each other and will do whatever it takes to protect each other.
The heroine, Bella is portrayed as somewhat lost and often confused but again bases all of her decisions on selfless love. She refuses to be afraid even in the most dire circumstances. I like these ideas and in the end I loved the story.

The Twilight series was my first escape. I don't think that I'll have another one for quite a while. I don't even plan on picking up a book for at least a month! I am optimistic however that when the time is right I will find an escape yet again. Something that will allow me to feel refreshed and re-energized.

Love to you all,

Kristen

PS The movie sucks compared to the books!!

6 comments:

  1. I loved those books too...such a sweet escape from the real world. And I agree that the movie didn't do the book justice...maybe #2 will be better? I am now reading "Eat Pray Love" by Elizabeth Gilbert and it's fantastic. You might want to check it out when you decide it's time to pick up a book again :D

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  2. I felt the same way when I was told about the books, not my kind of reading, but I was hooked and couldn't put them down! I haven't read anything that had that ability in a long time, it was great! I agree with you, the movie was very disappointing and I am SO glad I didn't see it first, I would never have read them if I had!!

    I read "Eat, Pray, Love" as well and really enjoyed 2 of the 3 sections (can't remember which but I'm sure I would have liked the 'eat' section!) :-)

    I am glad you know there are escapes out there and I am guessing they will 'magically' appear when you need them....as if sent to you from someone who knows you need them!

    Take care and good luck tomorrow, for some reason I thought it was Monday, but hope you get lots of volunteers for sure a great cause!
    Em

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  3. That`s it!! Must borrow the books from Emma, i`m to nosy to ignore these books any longer. Emma keeps telling me how much she enjoyed them. Can`t have all you young ladies raving about them and not read them myself!
    It was great to see you Mike and the girls. Keep well.
    Love Carol

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  4. Hi Kristen;
    You may enjoy reading Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series. There are 6 books, I believe, and they are long books 800 - 900 pages. The concept is about time travel and it is somewhat historical, set in the Scottish highlands, and definitely a love story. It's a great escape.
    Sorry I can't be around to help with the fund raiser. I'm in Quebec until after Thanksgiving. But I will be donating to the cause.
    Take care,
    Sue

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  5. My favorite book of all time, I can read it again and again and again is "Cane River" it's an older book it was an Oprah book club book...this is not why I read the book... just like you it was sitting there and I picked it up. (Based on some true events)It's about a family of strong women back in slavery and how these women worked there way out, and the family ties that hold them together. If you haven't read it I'll bring it by. Truly a good read I think I've read it about 15 times.
    love you
    Vanessa

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  6. Kristen,

    I finished Twilight and New Moon in a matter of days! I am now reading Eclipse. I am so addicted, it is ridiculous. I find myself thinking of Edward and Bella throughout my day. I haven't "escaped" in a really long time and it feels GOOD!

    Lorraine

    PS - I loved the movie, though!!!

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