Finding Your Glory
A pretentious, showy life is an empty life; a plain and simple life is a full life.
My cousin and I have been discussing the character in the old classic The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger. She read the book in her sophomore year. I read it when my daughter was in high school. I thought it was rude with all that talk about sex, drugs, and prostitution but I saw that it’s better someone tells her than I. Holden Caulfield is his name. He talks to his sister Phoebe that he wants to be the catcher in the rye, taking care of the children from falling off the cliff. Holden seems to be angry and you get a sense from his narration that something catastrophic happened to him… but he doesn’t want to talk about his childhood. He just wanted to keep the children safe. Safe from what? Safe from life?