Thursday, 17 June 2010

One Question Blog Tour with Lauren Baratz-Logsted

Instead of doing typical blog tours or answering the same question 10 times, Lauren put out the idea of each blogger asking one question between the release of Sister's Eight: Marcia's Madness (May 3) and The Education of Bet (July 12). And today is our day!

Since Lanna and I have agreed on several basic questions for us to use that aren't the average questions, I had to pick one. It was really hard. But finally, I decided to ask Lauren:

How would you define love?

I define love as wanting what's best for the other person, not what's best for the other person in relation to you. This, to me, is the ideal in all relationships involving love, be it romantic or parent/child or close friends. It means wanting the other person to feel fulfilled in their life even if it sometimes means that the things that fulfill them result in them having less time for us. It means allowing my daughter to grow into her own life at the rate that's comfortable for her. But none of this is meant to imply that you should become some sort of eternally self-sacrificing human being, like the interpersonal-relationship version of Mother Teresa or something. It's important to love yourself and pursue the things in life that fulfill you too because the old truism is actually true: you can't properly love someone else unless you love yourself too.

And there you have it folks!

Lauren stopped yesterday at Shalonda's blog, where she told Shalonda what she would do if she could go back to the Victorian era. To find her answer click here!

Tomorrow, Lauren will be visiting Kelsey's blog and talk about promoting female education. So, look for that tomorrow here.

For a little more about The Education of Bet (which I really want to read):
The Education of Bet
Lauren Baratz-Logsted
(July 12)
Bet is sixteen, very intelligent, but only knows as much as her limited education will allow. In Victorian England, girls aren't allowed to go to school.
Will is also 16, and though not related by blood, he and Bet act like brother and sister. In fact, they even look like brother and sister. And though they're both raised under the same roof, by the same kind uncle, Will has one big advantage over Bet: He's a boy, and being a boy means he isn't stuck in the grand house they call home. He gets to go out into the world--to school.
But that's not what Will wishes. He wants to join the military and learn about real life, not what's written in books.
So one night, Bet comes up with a plan. She'll go to school as Will. Will can join the military. And though it seems impossible, they actually manage to pull it off.
But once Bet gets to the school, she begins to realize the education she's going to get isn't exactly the one she was expecting.


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