In our sophomore year of PS244Q TALES Parent Book Club, we read some heart-tugging stories including The Lost Wife by Alyson Richman, The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes and Goodnight June by Sarah Jio. The common thread in these stories is the choices people make.
Is this choice expected of us? Is this the choice someone else wants from us? Will this choice lead to a better outcome for our loved ones? Will this choice hurt anyone? Could we live with the end result from this choice?
What we learned from our talks is that choice doesn’t have to be a heavy burden. It is putting one foot in front of the other and stepping firmly onto the path you have chosen to take at a particular moment in time. You are uncertain where this path might lead you but you know you can’t just stand there so you move forward.
Choosing to be part of a book club really opens your mind and heart and starts a dialogue with others. We enjoy the camaraderie that has developed because of our book club. We appreciate the members in full dimension through our personal exchanges. Without the catalyst of a book club, we wouldn’t have been able to see beyond the surface of some extraordinary people and we truly believe that a book club is the sum of all its parts.
A book club could be the best choice you make for yourself. When you move beyond the text and make meaningful connections, watch what grows out of it. You may be surprised all the places you’ll go with good friends and even better conversations.