Today, Bella Swan and Meg Murry are here to offer us some important lessons. Thanks, ladies.
1. Be yourself. Like who you are.
If you feel like a stupid lamb, or if you feel inclined to hate yourself, take some time out and remember that you are unique and worthy. You may not be flesh nor fowl nor good red herring—but, as Calvin O’Keefe will tell you, “you’re Meg, aren’t you?” And that is plenty good!
2. If life doesn’t go your way, accept it and be strong.
Your boyfriend might not want to turn you into a vampire, or your father might not solve all your problems for you. Don’t lose heart. There will be something important that only you can do, and you will do it well. The “weak things of the world confound the things which are mighty,” and the right does prevail.
3. Love others for the right reasons.
He might be unbelievably gorgeous, but remember that “people are more than just the way they look.” As Mrs. Murry might say, it is important to love people for who they are “in essence.”
4. Be careful in your choice of boyfriend.
If your boyfriend tends to chuckle at you, or he has a habit of following you around all the time, or he blames you for nearly getting assaulted, you might consider dumping him. If he does all three, dump him for sure. On the other hand, if your boyfriend likes to spend time with you, loves your family, and says that you are the nicest thing that’s happened to him in a long time, he may very well be a keeper.
5. Think for yourself.
Do you find yourself “mesmerized” by, for example, your boyfriend? Uh-oh. Whether it’s a stunningly handsome young vampire or a giant, pulsating alien brain, you have to say no and stand up for yourself. “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men [and women] are created equal.” Mesmerism is slavery. Think and act for yourself; don’t let anyone take away your independence.
6. When you find yourself in danger or discouragement, remember that you are loved.
And remember your capacity to love others.
Thanks again, Meg and Bella. We sure can learn a lot from you.
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L’Engle, Madeleine. (1962) A Wrinkle in Time, Square Fish, an imprint of Macmillan; originally published by Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, New York.
Meyer, Stephenie. (2005) Twilight. Little, Brown and Company, New York.