" She smiled and pointed to the sky.
'Sometimes when you're surrounded by dirt, CJ,
you're a better witness for what's beautiful.' "
"CJ looked around as he stepped off the bus. Crumbling sidewalks and broken-down doors, graffiti-tagged windows and boarded-up stores. He reached for his Nana's hand. 'How come it's always so dirty over here?'
She smiled and pointed to the sky. 'Sometimes when you're surrounded by dirt, CJ, you're a better witness for what's beautiful.' CJ saw the perfect rainbow arcing over their soup kitchen. He wondered how nana always found beautiful where he never even thought to look. "
— An excerpt from Last Stop On Market Street, by Matt de la Peña
+ "Grandmothers can help shape the way children view the world." Amen.
+ Find the book near you; or, gently used; or, from my favorite independent bookseller. (What's yours?)
This Week in Flowers is a series where I combine my love of arranging fresh flowers with my love of books. It is a simple way to share with you what's in season around me, and what words I'm finding particularly inspiring. What books do you love that I ought to know about?
last time in This Week In Flowers: Walking With the Wind