Tuesday, October 8, 2013

The Secret Garden - Spoiler

Happy Tuesday Bleeps,

Have you read The Secret Garden?  If you haven't and you don't want a spoiler please come back tomorrow.  :-)

Last week we had our Book Club night for The Secret Garden. The story is about a little girl, Mary, who moves to England to live with her uncle after her family passes away. When Mary arrives in England she is stickly thin and refuses to eat the hearty meals that are prepared for her, even though there are children in the area going hungry.

Mary was told that there was a garden that has been locked up for 10 years. She makes it her mission to find it. She wants to see if any flowers are blooming in it even if no one has been tending to it. Mary finds the garden and starts tending to it even though she has no idea what she is doing. The work feels good and she builds up an appetite. The garden comes to life as does she. 

There's a health and fitness story in there. Hard work and exercise can bring you back to life :-)

Another part of the story is that Mary hears crying in the big house. She goes to investigate and finds a cousin that no one told her about. He is her age and in bed. He is sickly and weak. 

His father has a hunchback and his mother died in childbirth.  He has been sick since he was a baby and in bed for fear of his spine. Mary tells him about the secret garden and convinces him to come out into the fresh air. 

He is brought to the garden every day in his wheel chair.  They work in the garden and eat every day. By the end of the story the boy is healthy and walking. He had given up on life before and now is ready to live.

I was yelling at the book.  I felt silly. "You are not sick! You just need to move!  If you aren't moving, then you are only going to get worse. Get up and get out of there!"  I know it's a book, but I really was just yelling at the Former Fat Girl. GET UP GIRL!  GET MOVING! LIVE YOUR LIFE!

There are a couple of themes in the book that came up that I like. 

1) The Healing Powers in living things. Get out there in the sun. Go for a hike. Go swimming. Enjoy nature. Step away from hectic/electronic lives. 

2) The Power of Positive thinking. The boy believes that he is getting better because of magic. He chants positive messages. Those positive messages are making him get out of bed and get stronger every day. YOU CAN DO IT!  It's time to believe in yourself.

3) It's fairly obvious at this point that I can find a correlation to health and fitness in just about every story. haha.

Sweet dreams.

Have a Blessed Night.

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