Sarah and I had a wonderful time at The King and I on Saturday evening. We began the evening with wonderful traditional, authentic Mexican food at Escorpion down near the Fox. It wasn't your typical tacos, enchiladas and grease special. These were small taco plates that were amazing combinations of meats and spices. I had one that was a beef concoction that was simply amazing and one that was grilled fish. It was a bit spicy for my taste but still really, really good. We both enjoyed the performance at the Fox though people need to learn you stay seated after the show has begun (you don't NEED popcorn and coke) and you stay through the curtain calls. It's RUDE to leave the show while the audience is still showing its appreciation to the actors on stage. Traffic's not going anywhere, stay in your seats! Okay, rant over. :-)
I've been thinking a lot this week about contentment. It's funny how God brings you thoughts in bunches. Contentment was what yesterday's sermon was on too. I say I'm content with my life but what does that really, REALLY mean? I do find times (probably more often than I even realize) when I compare my life to someone else's. I'm not as pretty as they are, why am I not married/don't have kids, why don't I have a house, etc. The list is endless quite honestly. My pastor yesterday brought it home by highlighting the fact that being discontent and comparing yourself to someone else means you don't trust the sovereignty of God. Whoa, talk about a perspective change! I've been chewing on that comment now for almost 24 hours and still am not 100% sure how to fully apply it to my life. Definitely food for thought.
In other news, I finished one of the best fiction books I've read in a long time, Dee Henderson's newest, Full Disclosure. I think I put off finishing it because I didn't want it to end. It's that good. Look for the review in the next day or two. I'm reminded when I come across good books how much I love to read. I've had a library card since I was two and I wear mine out each year. It's such a joy to lose yourself in a book. Sadly, not everyone can read or read with any proficiency. My friend Brooke over at iblog4books listed these statistics as part of Literacy Week:
- Literacy is learned. Illiteracy is passed along by parents who cannot read or write.
- One child in four grows up not knowing how to read.
- 43% of adults at Level 1 literacy skills live in poverty compared to only 4% of those at Level 5
- 3 out of 4 food stamp recipients perform in the lowest 2 literacy levels
- 90% of welfare recipients are high school dropouts
- 16 to 19 year old girls at the poverty level and below, with below average skills, are 6 times more likely to have out-of-wedlock children than their reading counterparts.
- Low literary costs $73 million per year in terms of direct health care costs. A recent study by Pfizer put the cost much higher.
Two book reviews to come and more next week!