Bucket List {Book Club}

Bucket List {Book Club}

“I want to go to the top of the Statue of Liberty. That’s on my bucket list,” my eldest son announced.

“I want to become a cook one day, like a restaurant cook,” the younger one said.

“I want to invent a way to be Spider-Man in real life,” the eldest shot back.

I’m sure they learned about bucket lists from TV. I asked them what a bucket list was. I wondered what they made of the idea that it’s a list of things to do before you “kick the bucket,” as they say. Do the boys even know that phrase? We don’t use it. Either way, they didn’t know anything about that, they interpreted “bucket list” as fun or cool goals.

I don’t really have such a list. Goals are hard for me. I struggle with what I want to do and what is actually possible or probable. For example, I want to go to the Moon. Maybe it’s not impossible that a person like me would go to the Moon one day, but it is extremely improbable that I will. And I have no desire to work hard to make such a goal come to fruition. None at all. On the other hand, when I want to learn to do something, I usually just start learning as soon as I think of it. These things never make it to a list of goals.

One day I decided that I wanted to learn to crochet. For no real reason, I had a crochet hook in my sewing bag (that is mostly used for sewing buttons back on to things). I also happened to have a ball of yarn. I grabbed those and spent some time with Pinterest and YouTube and just started crocheting.

Do you have a bucket list/fun goals? What’s on your list? What do you want to learn or do? Where do you want to go?

In the chapters of The Many Wonders of Costa Contente for this week, Solange turned 40. The evening before her birthday, she thought back over her 30s and asked herself whether she had done everything she wanted to do in that decade. I admired her decision to learn to drive and her courage in driving during the storm after Juanita was injured.

And by the way, Juanita is one of my favorite residents of Costa Contente so far. After she told Solange about driving during a flood, Solange asked, “That didn’t frighten you?” Juanita responded, “Not at all. It was fun – a real challenge, but fun.” Most of the time, in risky situations, I’m much too anxious for fun.

The other really interesting thing I wanted to talk about is, of course, the parrots! Solange has an inexplicable connection with birds. She’s learned to make their bird calls, and they learn to recognize her, too. When the parrots went missing, and the whole town was worried, she asked what no one else ever considered: “Has anyone tried calling them?” Cue the dropped jaws and confused looks. Though they were baffled, they were willing to let her try calling the birds, and it worked! When Solange and Juanita were lost because of the storm, it was those same parrots who found them and led them home.

A couple of things I’m wondering about:

I was a bit surprised by how fast the years moved in these chapters. In the beginning, we found out that mysterious Antonio, with his probably devious motives, left town. Years later Solange had another chance at romance, only to find out that Daniel was married. Will Solange find real romance one day? What do you think?

I also wonder about where Solange came from in the first place. I adore the relationship she has with Dona Gloria and Berto, and I expected her to share about her past with them because of that relationship. But so far, she hasn’t. Will we ever find out or is it meant to remain a mystery?

What did you think of these chapters? Join me in the comments!

P.S. Here’s the reading schedule for the rest of the book:

April 20: Ch 12-15

April 27: Ch 16-18

Introducing our May book!

Always Love: The Timeless Story of God’s Heart for the World and What it Means for You by Sara Lubbers

“In Always Love, you’ll rediscover the Bible’s overarching narrative as themes are woven together revealing a seamless story from beginning to end. After following these themes through each major twist and turn, through difficult passages normally glossed over, through narrative, poetry, and ancient history, you won’t read the Bible the same way again! And more than that, you’ll be inspired to respond to God’s Always Love for you and find your place in His Story.”

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  1. Bayta Schwarz April 13, 2021

    Likewise, I was surprised that we go forward in time quite so much in between chapters. I feel it makes it hard to get to know the characters – you only ever get these little snapshots. But I also loved the chapters of her learning to drive! I’ve never felt the need to do anything special for a new decade but my sister-in-law decided to do a triathlon when she turned 50. Crazy! But also pretty great.

  2. Michelle April 20, 2021

    I think my favorite section of this week’s reading was when Berto and Dona Gloria invited both Alberto and Zequinho over. The three older adults truly loved Solange and wanted to protect her. It made me think about people whom God has brought into my life. Sometimes friends become family. And sometimes there are young ones who need a little extra nurturing and even protecting. What a delicate balance that can be!

    Thanks for sharing about your experience with goals and new things Rachel. Your story about diving into crocheting made me smile!

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