One hot Sunday afternoon the kids decided to play indoor soccer with Nora's soccer ball. Sports inside the house is typically not allowed so we ended it pretty quick, but they enjoyed it for the short time they had :).
Loved it! Same time period as the book, Unbroken, also learned a lot about our history. Loved the truths and stories of resiliency, hard work and enduring to the end. Also loved joes even tempered, patient, kind character. Here are some favorite quotes and notes from the book:
Joe rantz' father, Harry, arose at 430 each morning to go to the shop (car mechanic)
When 4, his mom died of throat cancer and he was shipped off to Pennsylvania to live with an aunt he didn't know, while older brother Fred went to college in the west and dad fled to Canada, unable to cope with his wives death. A year later, his brother Fred graduated college, married and brought 5 yr old Joe back.
Joes dad remarried (Fred's wife's twin) and brought Joe to live with them, but after baby number three, when joe was 10, Thula the mom wanted him out so he went to live at the nearby schoolhouse and worked for his food and shelter. "The trick is to recognize a good thing when you saw it, no matter how odd or worthless it might at first appear, no matter who else might just walk away and leave it behind." Pg 37
It's not a question of whether you will hurt, or of how much it will hurt ; it's a question of what you will do and how well you will do it, while pain has her wanton way with you. 40
The first to drop out had been the boys with impeccably creased trousers and freshly polished oxford's...they had not reckoned on the sports extreme physical and psychological demands... the hurting was taking it's toll and that was fine with Joe. hurting was nothing new to him." 51
"It is hard to make that boat go as fast as you want to. the enemy of course is resistance of the water as you have to displace the amount of water equal to the weight of men and equipment but that very water is what supports you and that Very enemy is your friend. So is life. The very problem she must overcome also supports you and makes you stronger in overcoming them." George Pocock 53
His father had always taught him that there was a solution to every problem. he had always stressed that sometimes the solution wasn't where people would ordinarily expect it to be that you might have to look in unexpected places and think in new and creative ways to find the answers you were looking for. 59
"The only time you don't find a four leaf clover" he liked to say "is when you stop looking for one." she loved that. it summed up in a few words what she most loved about him. 69
"...All thoughts of the other crew must be blocked out. Your thoughts must be directed to you and your own boat, always positive, never negative." George Pocock 105
"you had to master your opponent mentally. when the critical moment in a close race was upon you, you had to know something he did not-- that down in your core you still had something in reserve, something you had not yet shown, something that once revealed would make him doubt himself, make him falter just when it counted the most. like so much in life, crew is partly about confidence, partly about knowing your own heart." 106
"you will eat no fried meats. You will eat no pastries, but you will eat plenty of vegetables. you will eat good substantial wholesome food --the kind of food your mother makes. you will go to bed at 10 o'clock & arise punctually at 7 o'clock. you will not smoke or drink or chew. and you will follow this regimen all year round for as long as you row for me. a man cannot abuse his body for six months and then expect to row the other six months. He must be a total abstainer all year. you will not use profane language in the shell house nor anywhere within my hearing. you will keep at your studies and maintain a high grade point average. you will not disappoint your parents nor your crewmates. now let's row." 130
It takes energy to get angry. it eats you up inside. I can't waste my energy like that and expect to get ahead. when they left, it took everything I had in me just to survive. now I have to stay focused. I've just got to take care of it myself." 134
He held each piece up and inspected it turning it over and over in his hands and talked about the unique properties of each and how it took all of them contributing their individual qualities to make a shell that would come to life in the water...Pocock said the rings told more than the trees age. they told the whole story of the trees life over as much as 2000 years. Their thickness and thinness spoke of hard years of bitter struggle intermingled with Rich years of sudden growth. the different colors spoke of the various oils and minerals that the trees roots encountered some harsh and stunting some rich and nourishing. flaws and irregularities told how the trees endured fires and lightning strikes in windstorms and infestations and yet continued to grow... The words Pocock murmured taught us about survival about overcoming difficulty about prevailing over adversity but it also taught us something about the underlying reason for surviving in the first place...about the reasons we were all here." 214