"Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticize them, you are a mile away from them, and you have their shoes."
~Frieda Norris, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, by Ann Brashares
And from the text of the book, a few comforting words about happiness:
"Maybe happiness didn't have to be about the big, sweeping circumstances, about having everything in your life in place. Maybe it was about stringing together a bunch of small pleasures. Wearing slippers and watching the Miss Universe contest. Eating a brownie with vanilla ice cream. Getting to level seven in Dragon Master and knowing there were twenty levels to go.
Maybe happiness was just a matter of the little upticks--the traffic signal that said "Walk" the second you got there--and downticks--the itchy tag at the back of your collar--that happened to every person in the course of a day. Maybe everybody had the same allotted measure of happiness within each day."
~The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, Ann Brashares
Reading this book brought me many upticks, moments of increased happiness.
This book is the first in a series of four, listed here:
- The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (2001)
- The Second Summer of the Sisterhood (2003)
- Girls in Pants: The Third Summer of the Sisterhood (2005)
- Forever in Blue: The Fourth Summer of the Sisterhood (2007)
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