I have spent the day in Maggie Hope’s world while putting together a quilt top. Maggie Hope is the main character in a historical fiction novel, Mr. Churchill’s Secretary by Susan Elia MacNeal. I am adding her to my favorite authors list and am looking forward to reading the next five books in this series … well, listening … as my eyes don’t let me get much reading done anymore. She has authored many more novels than these six and look forward to reading them.
It occurred to me at some point how neat it is to be able to indulge in two favorite pastimes simultaneously, reading and sewing! I noticed today that it felt as if I was slipping easily in and out of two worlds, reality and imagination. Imagine the start I received when I left to pick up Don from work and heard the news about the attack in London. I had just left Maggie narrowly escaping a London bombing and here, in the real world, London is still under siege! It almost felt as if these two worlds I had spent my day in merged together in some weird and improbable way.
Lord, I thought, have we made so little progress since Maggie’s time? Winston Churchill’s rhetoric once again speaks truth when he says that, “To build may have to be the slow and laborious task of years. To destroy can be the thoughtless act of a single day.”