I hate coming to the end of a good book. I feel lonely and sad. But then I think of the book we’ll read next week and then I don’t feel so bad. Kind of like Maria from The Sound of Music! Next week we’ll hear from my friend Amy Sullivan about her new series of books for kids ages 4-6 AND we’ll have a give away for two physical copies to be mailed anywhere in the world! I’m feeling better already. Also, Amy has created so many resources to go with each book — so if you’re a teacher, a mom, an aunt, someone who just loves kids, I’m excited! Gutsy Girls: Strong Christian Women Who Impacted the World: Book One: Gladys Aylward (Volume 1) by Amy Sullivan ($2.99 on Kindle) .
Also, I know it can be confusing that her name is Amy and my name is Amy. When I’ve had her on my blog, even my own mom got confused which Amy I was talking about. How about this, I won’t refer to myself in third person? Okay? I know we are up for the challenge!
Today we finish with Kit and The Witch of Blackbird Pond. For those of you for whom this was a childhood favorite, I get it. I also get why it was a Newberry Medal winner. On one hand I’m so sorry I hadn’t read it before now, but on the other hand, I’m so delighted so many good books still exist to be discovered as an adult!
These are my notes from this section to jar my memory:
Chapter 16: Nat locked up. Kit visits, Hannah teaches Prudence to write. John enlists, Judith is sad.
Chapter 17: Judith/Mercy sick. Kit tends them. Hannah blamed and house burnt. Escaped with Nat and cat.
Chapter 18: Kit accused of being a witch; locked up. Uncle defends her.
Chapter 19: TRIAL! Nat brings Prudence, and she shows she can read. (Anyone else thinking of The Princess Bride when they read this chapter?)
Chapter 20: First snow. William the weasel comes back. Kit and William break up. Kit starts plans to return to Barbados. John alive! Loves Mercy.
Chapter 21: Two marriages planned. Kit continues with plans for Barbados. Nat returns for Kit.
I can’t wait to hear what stood out to you, but the part that really jumped out to me was the internal journey in Kit in chapters 20 and 21.
“I want to go back. . . Lying tense beside Judith, she made a resolve.” We can all relate to seeds sprouting in our hearts, knowing that a part of our life cannot be the same after that seed has started to grow.
“She had forgotten that summer would come again, that the green would spread over the frozen fields, that the earth would be turned up to the sun and the seed sown, and that the meadows would renew themselves.” Something is changing, either you are leaving, a teammate is leaving, an organization is changing, your child will go to college, or some other way you know this season is coming to an end—how we can forget and see anew, knowing it may be the last time. Those times are pregnant with meaning as hope and sorrow mingle together.
“Yet the spring air held a sadness too, sharper than all the loneliness of winter. The promos was not for her. I am going away, she thoughts, and for the first time the reminder brought no delight, only a deeper longing. She did not want to leave this place, after all. Suppose she should never walk in the meadows again?” Oh, we know this pang, don’t we?
I’m so glad we read this book. Thank you Elizabeth for the suggestion! What thoughts do you have in this final section (okay to return to earlier ones too). See you in the comments, my friends.
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