Thursday, September 16, 2010

Effortless Love

Sometimes love is effortless, and sometimes it is a battleground. For young Emily, in Pages in the Wind, she reverently holds onto the simple and endless love of her grandmother. Her life is a battleground in which she is unarmed, except for the simple love of her grandmother. She draws strength from this love, and uses it as an emotional shield from the pervasive brutality of her father. This is illustrated in a particular scene from Pages in the Wind, in which she must cope with a long distance move and the reality that she will not see her grandmother for a long time:


She wanted to crawl inside her Grandma’s heart for it was ample, open, and constant. She could not bear a life without her. Grandma’s heart was like a warm blanket left on a clothesline on a hot day, and brought inside to envelope her cold and shaking body until the warmth made her feel secure again. She vowed to write grandma every day until she could see her, and once again feel safe and loved.

Unfortunately, Emily will never see her grandma again. The impact on Emily will be deep and far-reaching. Whether she will be able to transcend the loss and keep the memory of this effortless love as a shield is unclear. I think that the power of effortless love is understated. It is the kind of love that you never have to question, measure, or fear that you will lose. It is constant and pure, and in its effortless presence it has the greatest strength.