What’s in a name?

Faintly Macabre

This chapter is titled ‘Faintly Macabre’s Story’. All the times I’ve read this book and I always wondered why this character is named so. I’m not going to spoil it for you but consider the nature of the character in contrast to the surroundings and substance of her story and you can see she is expertly named. You have to enjoy Mr. Juster’s sense of humor.

Along with humor, there are things to ponder here. That’s one of my favorite parts of stories. When we read them as kids we get a sense of the story itself, may pick up on the humor, the action, adventure, learn to love the characters. It’s just good old-fashioned fun. Those same stories revisited later in life carry more meaning as we grow with experience. I often reread books many times. Turns out I was taught without even knowing I was being taught.

Story wisdom

The lessons are absorbed by our children as well as a connection with us as parents if we take the time to read to our youngns. Please please please read to your kids. Read to any kids. Read aloud to your spouse or your friends if the occasion calls for it. You might just be surprised at how well it goes over.

Reading out loud

Tim R.


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