Book No. 12 – The Bridges of Madison County

26 Sep

Ok, I am getting so bad about writing these blogs now….. and thats because well, I have a life but also SOOOOO many good TV shows have come back on TV and I just can’t stop myself from watching!! Don’t worry… I read during the commercials… but still. Okay so this book, The Bridges of Madison County is a classic love story. It’s about finally finding the one true love of your life and realizing that it could never be. Now, I’m not talking about breaking up with the love of your life here… I am talking about finding your one true love and because of timing or circumstance things just can’t be. I feel like out of all the love tragedies possible, this is the worst. Knowing that if only you had met at different time in your life, things could work out. So sad. And as we all learned from the ever so sexy Garrett Hedlund in Country Strong, TIMING IS EVERYTHING. If the timing isn’t right then it will never work. So, in this book Robert Kincaid is a free spirit photographer who travels the world, never really holding on to anything of substance. He goes to Madison County to take pictures of the bridges (hence, the title of the book) and meets Francesca Johnson. Francesca (worst name ever btw) is an unfulfilled farm wife who has always dreamt her life would be more than it has turned out to be. (something a lot of people can relate to) So, she cautiously enters into a relationship with Robert Kincaid and a part of her is awakened and she feels fulfilled, content and happy for the first time in her life. HOWEVER… it is not happily ever after. DUH… IT NEVER IS… except in disney movies. So, she comes to a crossroads where she has to choose between being with the love of her life or staying in the marriage she is in and continue to be a good wife and mother to her children. Should she put her happiness before the happiness of her children? The problems is, that if she chooses happiness for herself, she leaves her family with unhappiness. Whose happiness is more important? It’s a blurry line between doing what is right and doing what is right for YOU. Well, she goes for the selfless route, settling for a second rate version of love with her husband and continues to play the role of mother to her kids. All human beings are tied together by one commonality. We tend to settle. Settle in life. Settle in work. And settle in love. We are content with being content, even though we are not fulfilled, even though there is something missing. Maybe you are in a great relationship, but you know he isn’t the one and yet you marry him anyways. WHY. Because you think that settling for something that is good is better than risking the chance to find something great. So many of us settle in our work as well. We stick with jobs that we don’t even have a passion for, and to me that is just sad! If you don’t like your job, if you don’t like your life, then don’t settle for it! CHANGE IT. Idiot. Jeez. Yeah, I know I know… easier said than done! I know all of you will use that as an excuse… but the bottom line is this : If you want to live life feeling fulfilled then you can’t be afraid to take risks and you can’t be willing to settle. You have to grab life by the effin balls and have NO fear. Anyways, moving on. This book shows how much our mothers sacrifice for us, because they love us. (fathers too). As a parent you have to put your children’s happiness before your own and that’s exactly what Francesca did in this book. As a parent (a good one) you have to be selfless. So in a way Francesca did live a successful life, but it was a life that lacked fulfillment. The ultimate sacrifice. The ultimate love. The ultimate loss. Even though this book doesn’t exactly end the way that we all want it to, (you know, happily ever after with prince charming waiting on a white horse to ride away in the sunset with) it’s still a beautiful and relatable story. It has a realness to it that is heartbreaking and yet makes you hopeful at the same time. A classic novel about the one thing we are all searching for : true love.


Taylor Jordan


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