Monthly Archives: September 2015
Does that pride just make you burst?
What does it feel like for you?
Yesterday my boys were featured on a news story on our local station and I am exploding with pride. The story wasn’t about me. It was about the wonderful relationship that my sons have with their father.
I immediately felt this deep feeling of goodness.
This calmness that, for the moment, all is good in the world.
No jealousy that my husband gets the accolades and the bond with the boys. Because they are my extension. They are my world and what goes well for them goes well for me.
And when things don’t, then that extension is just as emotional.
I don’t believe there are many times when feelings like this come from such a pure place.
So a simple blog today to reflect on pride. Finding it. Holding on to it. Appreciating it. And loving it.
It is a treasure.
Louis De Bernières is best known for his book Captain Corelli’s Mandolin (and subsequent movie). Birds Without Wings, told from the perspective of a number of different characters, was received well by readers.
Birds Without Wings traces the fortunes of one small community in southwest Turkey (Anatolia) in the early part of the last century — a quirky community in which Christian and Muslim lives and traditions have co-existed peacefully over the centuries and where friendship, even love, has transcended religious differences.
But with the disintegration of the Ottoman Empire and the onset of the Great War, the sweep of history has a cataclysmic effect on this peaceful place: The great love of Philothei, a Christian girl of legendary beauty, and Ibrahim, a Muslim shepherd who courts her from near infancy, culminates in tragedy and madness; Two inseparable childhood friends who grow up playing in the hills above the town suddenly find themselves on opposite sides of the bloody struggle; and Rustem Bey, a wealthy landlord, who has an enchanting mistress who is not what she seems.
Far away from these small lives, a man of destiny who will come to be known as Mustafa Kemal Atatürk is emerging to create a country from the ruins of an empire. Victory at Gallipoli fails to save the Ottomans from ultimate defeat and, as a new conflict arises, Muslims and Christians struggle to survive, let alone understand, their part in the great tragedy that will reshape the whole region forever. Published 2004.
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