"Luxury is not a necessity to me, but beautiful and good things are." — Anaïs Nin

Thursday, December 19, 2013

This is an excerpt from, The Book Thief,  that I wanted to share.

Rudy and Liesel live in Germany during World War 2 and they are the best of friends.  This is one of their sweet encounters...


"It didn't take Rudy long to dig the coin from his pocket and place it firmly on the counter. He looked straight in Frau Diller's spectacled eyes and said, "mixed lollies, please."

Frau Diller smiled. Her teeth elbowed each other for room in her mouth, and her unexpected kindness made Rudy and Liesel smile as well. Not for long.

She bent down, did some searching, and faced them again. "Here" She said, tossing a single lolly onto the counter. "Mix it yourself."

Outside, they unwrapped it and tried biting it in half, but the sugar was like glass. Far too tough, even for Rudy's animal-like choppers. Instead, they had to trade sucks on it until it was finished.

Ten sucks for Rudy. Ten for Liesel. Back and Forth.

"This," Rudy announced at one point, with a lolly toothed grin, "is the good life," and Liesel didn't disagree. By the time they were finished, both their mouths were an exaggerated red, and as they walked home, they reminded each other to keep their eyes peeled, in case they found another coin."

I can remember countless times being in a similar situation, sharing some piece of candy and thinking this is great! Not even upset that I was licking someone else's saliva,  just happy to be tasting the sweetness of the candy.
What a good reminder to look around and notice the good life we are living.


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