Jumping vs. Falling in Love

September 20, 2015
Allen, Sarah Addison (2015-01-20). First Frost (p. 275). St. Martin's Press. Kindle Edition.

Allen, Sarah Addison (2015-01-20). First Frost (p. 275). St. Martin’s Press. Kindle Edition.

First Frost did not disappoint me. Not only did I get the kindle version, I also bought the audible version, and I’ve listened to it many times.

I love love love the teenage Bay. Actually, I love all the characters. I am astonished that Sarah Addison Allen created a sequel that is as good as Garden Spells, maybe even better in some ways. This is one of my favorite quotes:  Maybe you don’t fall in love. Maybe you jump.

“Falling” in love is so passive! People hope and pray for it, and then wistfully remember it as something that is highly unlikely to happen again within the constraints of a monogamous relationship. It has a subtle subtext of newness.

“Jumping” is so much more active! It is something one can practice, over and over again, for many decades, sharing and creating a lot of love and laughter in the process.

The paragraphs just before and after that quote are what I truly believe, too, but Allen articulates it so perfectly. Like magic.

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