Tuesday, August 11, 2009

A PRAYER FOR OWEN MEANY

I JUST LOVE PRAYER FLAGS. THEY MAKE ME FEEL SO HAPPY.
ARE YOU WONDERING WHY I'M TYPING IN ALL CAPS?
Ha, Ha, I'm stopping now. If you've read A Prayer for Owen Meany then you'll understand. I always think of that book when I see prayer flags. I love that book. I love most of John Irving's books. However, this is a home and garden blog not a literary blog so I will move on. Your eyes have probably already glazed over and you are thinking of a quick game of online Scrabble.
I put prayer flags up everywhere I live. Prayer flags and Christmas lights. I think they are just the loveliest things. Imagine being so full of lovingkindness to think of printing prayers on flags and then sending those prayers out into the Universe on the wind.
As I hung mine up today I put a personal prayer on each flag. Most of them were for my family and friends. I put a prayer up for every animal I've loved and lost. Some of them are very personal, but here are a few I feel comfortable sharing:
A prayer for the homeless.
A prayer for all the children waiting to be adopted.
A prayer for all the men and women hoping and wishing for a child.
A prayer for all the homeless animals.
A prayer for the elderly.
A prayer for the children.
A prayer for the Earth.
A prayer for those who are hungry.
A prayer for all those who wish to hurt others.
And, of course, A PRAYER FOR OWEN MEANY.

7 comments:

  1. Michele,

    I LOVE John Irving! (Though I have to confess that Owen Meany was probably my least favorite book.) I still think that "The Cider House Rules" is one of the best books ever written!

    Dale

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  2. Yes, yes! That was my favorite too. I did really love Owen Meany though. I heard he has a new book coming out, oh, maybe now? soon!

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  3. Let's see if this will post with my name now! Haven't used Blogspot in quite awhile and couldn't remember my password when I commented on Irving yesterday!

    Have you read any older Irving? I'm talking about stuff before Garp.

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  4. You are now officially here! You know, I have not read older Irving. What should I read?

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  5. Well, if you haven't read "The World According to Garp" you must do it RIGHT NOW! :-) It put him on the map. Before that, my favorite is "Setting Free the Bears". It's his first published novel, so it's rough around the edges. It's been a long time, but I remember "The Water-Method Man" as being very funny. "The Hotel New Hampshire was post-Garp, and I remember thinking he was beginning to recycle some ideas, so I was disappointed. That's why "The Cider House Rules" was such a great book. Extremely well-written and a complete break from what he had written before! (I'm officially rambling now!)

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  6. beautiful post michele. beautiful you. i gotta get my flags up too; i know where i want them.

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  7. Oh, thanks, fair Autumn. They'll look so good at your house too.

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