“I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It's when you know you're licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what. You rarely win, but sometimes you do."- Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockinbird
If you are unfamiliar with this scene in To Kill a Mockingbird, Jem (a child) rages at Mrs. Dubose, a mean, elderly neighbor, when she called his father names. As punishment, Jem (with Scout in tow) goes to her home dailyl to read to her. Later in the book, when Mrs. Dubose dies, Atticus explains that she had a morphine addiction. Despite her incredible pain, Mrs. Dubose wanted to break free from the addiction. Jem reading was a slight distraction during some of her worst moments. In the end, Mrs. Dubose beat the morphine. It did not beat her. She died with dignity.
I'm not one to typically write about controversial topics. (Though I did, once.) Not because I don't have an opinion, but because This Simple Home is my place to write, share, and inspire. This was on my heart this week, and I wanted to share it with you.
If you have never read To Kill a Mockingbird (affiliate link) consider joining along with the Reading to Know Book Club in December as I lead the "discussion." (If you are a big fan of the book, I recommend the hardback edition which I linked to above. It's so much nicer than the mass market paperbacks.)
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I'm joining Wednesday with Words at Ladydusk.
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