Usually, despite the fact that they are books intended for children, the BSC do not really set good examples. While they are kind toward old ladies and all that other do-gooder crap that makes me kind of nauseous when I read them, they do a lot of really stupid things. Like not tell their parents when they’re being stalked by a maniac, or thinking that it’s fine to go through life spelling like a first grader, or that having, like, seven boyfriends before you graduate from the eighth grade is totally normal.
Everyone once in a while, there is something in the books that just really rings true and runs through my head when I’m dealing with that situation. While I try to keep my personal life separate from this site as much as possible, I want to share this quote because seriously, I think about it all the time. Maybe even in daily.
From Dawn on the Coast:
It’d be nice if Mom were here, I found myself thinking. If she were a part of things, playing cards with me, puttering around the patio. And wouldn’t it be great if the doorbell rang and it was Mary Anne, just dropping by for a visit. What I wanted was to be able to share all the things I loved with all the people I loved. I imagined Nicky Pike out here holing up in a new, California hiding place. Maybe in the crawl space between the bushes. Maybe in the cave down by the creek.
While perhaps I don’t need my mom around all the time–visiting distance is fine–and there are no baby-sitting charges for me to weirdly pine after, well, I think that in these days where hardly anyone stays in the town in which they grew up and your best friend in third grade probably moved away in fourth, this quote is something that makes Dawn, and her bicoastal craziness, more understandable and easy to relate to as a character. There are so many people I want around me, experiencing things with me, and they’re so far away that I need to think really really hard about when I can call them, or spend thousands of dollars on plane tickets and visas to go visit them. And it’s rough, dude. I understand Dawn’s Big Moves so well now. Sometimes I can even justify that thing where she steals her dad’s credit card and stuff, but homegirl had some BALLS committing a crime!
So yeah. That’s what I’ve been thinking about.