The Breath of Kindness

August 7, 2014

Clematis blooms

Clematis blooms

“Oh, the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person:  having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but to pour them out.  Just as they are — chaff and grain together, knowing that a faithful hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping,and then with the breath of kindness, blow the rest away.”
— Dinah Maria (Mulock) Craik, 1826 – 1887.  This is the epigraph to Jan Karon’s Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good

I just finished an advance reader copy of Jan Karon’s newest book in the Mitford series, Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good.  It was like meeting up with old friends after long absence.  What joy to pick up the characters’ stories from where they left off.  Two years now since he retired, Father Tim is still trying to find a meaningful way to spend his days.  There are plenty of occasions for Esther’s famous Orange Marmalade Cake (see my earlier post about that at this link.)  And it does seem like Karon is passing the baton to Dooley at the end of the book, so I’m hoping that this means more Mitford books will be forthcoming.

Like me, Karon seems to enjoy incorporating good quotes into her story.  Here are two more favorites from this newest book:

“Love is an act of endless forgiveness.”

“The happiness of life is made up of minute fractions — the little soon forgotten charities of a kiss or smile, a kind look, a heartfelt compliment, and the countless infinitesimals of pleasure and genial feelings.”
— Samuel Taylor Coleridge