The little things, Holden-style

It’s been one of those days when I’ve really appreciated the little things …  the sight of a tulip tree in bloom, Matthew pretending to be a lion, the smell of pink jasmine when I went on my evening jog.   And now: the feel of chilly spring air coming through an open window, and the silence of a household in which young boys are sleeping, and the tick-tick of the Our Lady of Guadalupe clock on the desk.

My latest BustedHalo article is all about celebrating the  little things, but through the eyes of a very unlikely character: Holden Caulfield, of The Catcher in the Rye. I don’t know about you, but I’ve always loved that book.  When J.D. Salinger died in January, I knew almost immediately that I wanted to write something about Holden.  And putting the article together was a great opportunity to reflect on the novel, and to think about why I love it so much, and to realize how it dovetails with the spiritual life that I, a stressed-to-the-max teaching mom, am constantly trying to cobble together … some days more successfully than others.

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