I noticed “Lift” on the edge of a table at Barnes and Noble one afternoon and decided that I liked the premise of Kelly Corrigan’s book a lot, to put down on paper now, when her daughters are young and it seems they will never grow old, the lessons that she wants them to remember, the joy she has experienced as their mother and the difficult decisions she knows that will be a part of their lives. Kelly’s first novel about her father’s battle with cancer as well as her own, “The Middle Place,” reached number 16 on the “New York Times” bestseller list and Corrigan is a columnist for “O, The Oprah Magazine.”
Here is one of my favorite quotes from the book which is a very quick read.
“I think about your futures a lot. I often want to whisper to you, when we’re tangled up together or I’m pinning your poetry to the bulletin board or repositioning the pillow under your head so you don’t get a crick. Remember this. This is what love feels like. Don’t take less.
The truth is I don’t know exactly where the YouTube video below comes from. I believe it’s taken from a portion of Corrigan’s first novel, “The Middle Place,” but it may also just be a separate speech on transcending. Regardless, it is a movie more for my mother’s generation, or someone a decade older than I, but I see the tremendous power in Corrigan’s words and the beautiful way in which she paints the power of human connection.