At long last, my library trip has yielded a treasure-trove of Cybils nominees. Which means I’m frantically reading nominees from each category, hoping to still accomplish my original goal (of reading one book from each category.)
So far, Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu has completely stolen my affections. It’s fantastic.
“She stood looking at the line of trees that demarcated the woods as clearly as any doorway. Uncle Martin was right. She knew it at that moments. There were secrets, and there were witches in white, and somewhere there was Jack.
She wished he were with her now.
Hazel had read enough books to know that a line like this one is the line down which your life breaks in two. And you have to think very carefully about whether you want to cross it, because once you do it’s very hard to get back to the world you left behind. And sometimes you break a barrier that no one knew existed, and then everything you knew before crossing the line is gone.
But sometimes you have a friend to rescue. and so you take a deep breath and then step over the line and into the darkness ahead.”
~Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu
Have you met one of those lines, a line where life breaks in two?
Will you step into the uncomfortable to go on a mission trip? Will you break off that relationship you know you shouldn’t be in? Will you venture into an unknown city? Will you give up your most cherished dreams?
You stand at the line, indecisive, knowing that what you decide will change your life.
Behind lies comfort, life as it’s always been. Predictability. Safety. Concrete reality.
In front lie only questions.
Will you go?
Will you risk having your life broken in two?
I’ve stood at the line many a time. Will I go? Will I venture? Will I enter the unknown?
Sometimes you have a friend to rescue–or sometimes you realize that the friend beckoning on the other end wants to rescue you.
So you take a deep breath and then step over the line and into the darkness ahead.
What are some of the lines you’ve stepped over–and why did you cross them?