The first meeting of our Bluestocking Society was in April, 2004. Must have been a good idea, because last night we celebrated our tenth anniversary! That's a LOT of books read, discussions held, and dinners shared over the years. Our hostess and (amazing) meal were throwbacks to that first meeting.
Our book was The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman. All of us liked this well written and thought provoking book with so many memorable quotes. My favorite is this: It occurs to him that there are different versions of himself to farewell- the abandoned eight-year-old; the delusional soldier who hovered somewhere in hell; the lightkeeper who dared to leave his heart undefended. Like Russian dolls, these lives sit within him.
We all have lives that sit within us, made up from the chronological layers of our significant experiences. I've never thought of it like that but won't soon be forgetting the analogy of the Russian dolls.