Monday, February 28, 2011

I once read a book...

My daughter was in the fifth grade when she brought a library book home from school and laid it on the counter in the double-wide mobile home in which we lived at the time.  I picked it up, casually started reading, and couldn't put it down.  
I finished it that same day.  
The book  was entitled, "Are You There God?  It's Me, Margaret" by Judy Blume.   
It was about a pre-adolescent girl raised in a non-religious home who went searching for God.  I really don't know why the book, written for young folks, appealed so much to me; I wasn't searching for God.  He was right there and I knew it.  
As Rachel brought home other Judy Blume books, I read some of those, too.  One, I recall, was about a young boy who was overweight.  All the Blume books were good, but none grabbed me like that first one I read.  
The book had such an influence on me that God and I have an inside joke about it.  
(He gets it, in case you're wondering.)  
After certain kinds of days, I'll crawl into bed at night, give a sigh, and say, "Are You there God?  It's me, Margaret."  
God and I both have a chuckle, and I go to sleep knowing that tomorrow things will work out just fine.  
Whatever Heaven is like (and I really hope there's some green grass and flowers and Jersey cows there, because gold doesn't appeal to me) I see myself standing at the gate saying, "Are You there God...."  
Hopefully he'll chuckle and say, "Come on in; and by the way, your name is Donna, not Margaret." 


Thank you, Judy Blume, for writing a book that has stuck with me since 1980.

9 comments:

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

I haven't read that book but I have read several others she has written and they were very good. Glad you got to read that one. Sometimes books are life changing. I hope your Monday is a great one!

Hollie said...

Sounds like a great book! It reminds me of a figurine I have! I'll have to post a picture of the figurine in my blog. It says, "Dear Lord Please Save Me. Just one more time!" That's the story of my Life. I get myself into some messes & I'm always saying this!

Lindie said...

My daughter read this Judy Blume book first and I think she read most of the others after. Good author for that age.

Ms Martyr said...

I think God sometimes directs us to persons, places or things that will make such an impact. A daily devotional story has stayed with me in much the same way. I too think God has a sense of humor.

Margaret said...

I've never read that book and my name is Margaret. How funny!!

Angela said...

I loved this entry! I was a big Judy Blume fan, too, although I remember the main book being smuggled around the junior high hallways was her book "Forever"... it was a little more mature in content and as expected, all the girls loved it.

And I'm with you, God most definitely has a sense of humor. I have no doubt He laughs right along with you.

Thanks for the memory.

Forty Pound Sack said...

I loved that book, too, and all of Judy Blume's books - adolescent and aduly. The one that really stuck with me was Summer Sisters. I go back and reread it from time to time. I don't do that with many books.

Julia said...

Judy Blume actually wrote a couple of books for adults too. I had her book Wifey and of course since I loved it, passed it on. It was read so much that I got it back about 6 months later - in a paper bag since it had fallen apart. It was one of the most hilarious books I've ever read.

FrankandMary said...

I just hate to admit that I recently read: Are You There Vodka? It's Me Chelsea. ;0