Book Meme Rules

1. Pick up the nearest book (of at least 123 pages).
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the next three sentences.
5. Tag five people.

Senor Godsbody tagged us for this fun meme. The first book I reached for was a slim volume: Spiritual Direction and Meditation by Thomas Merton. Too slim for this meme, however, at a mere 108 pages. Next book down the pile: The Boxcar Children, sitting next to the computer ever since I posted something about it here some weeks ago. It’s long enough, but page 123 isn’t all that interesting; so I cheat, continuing down the pile to this: Fathering Your School-Age Child: A Dad’s Guide to the Wonder Years: 3 to 9 by Armin A. Brott, who offers up three sentences of pretty damn good advice:

They need to know that we all fall on our face sometimes, and that making mistakes doesn’t turn you into a bad or unlovable person. So if your child falls down (actually or metaphorically), don’t jump in right away. Not giving her a chance to pick herself up sends the message that you don’t think she can take care of herself–and that can undermine her self-confidence in every area of her life.

I also checked the Holy Bible, which offered forth a passage advising Moses to shave the Levites from head to toe; and Will in the World, which had a bit about the young William Shakespeare knocking up the older Anne Hatheway and so being compelled to marry her. And then I felt compelled to walk across the room and pull The Moviegoer off the shelf, any three sentences of which are bound to please, and sure enough: “‘Wave to Joyce,’ Sharon commands me. Joyce is leaning on the sill, a brown-haired girl in a leather jacket. She has the voluptuous look of roommates left alone.” Ah.

So now I’m supposed to tag five others: Ironic Catholic, angelmeg, Ash Mash, Alana, and anyone who came to Korrektiv looking for information on attached earlobes.


  1. Henri Young says

    You should have tagged me so I could have ignored it. Except that you don’t have the guts.

  2. Rufus McCain says

    You’ve already been tagged by Lickona. I figured ignoring one tag was a big enough job for you.

  3. I am not ignoring your tag, I just have to wait till this Friday in my new Orderly Universe. (Yeah Right) I really only saw it today, which shows how observant I am.

    I promise I will get to it tomorrow on my GO Fun Friday. I will even have my own computer back at my own desk which is surrounded by many books that are longer than 123 pages.

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