"'Miss Sadie,' he said, 'I've been hoping you'd tell us tonight about your schooling in Paris.'
'Oh, do you really want to hear that old stuff?'
'Yes!' said Marge, curling up on the sofa next to Hal. Even Barnabas assumed an air of expectancy. And Emma noticed that Hoppy Harper, who was sitting in Father Tim's wing chair, was as relaxed 'as a dishrag,' she later said.
'I hardly know where to begin, it's been so long. But, if you're sure...'
Everyone was absolutely sure.
'Well, then,' she said, sitting even more upright, and squaring her shoulders. 'Paris, France, was where I fell in love.'
Miss Sadie paused for a moment, her face beaming, and looked around the room. Father Tim saw at once that the truest meaning of the term captive audience was being demonstrated right before his eyes."
~ At Home In Mitford by Jan Karon page 54-55
I love this visual picture of everyone relaxing and listening to the story of one of their beloved friends. When given the opportunity, may I be willing to sit and listen to willingly!
Now for some Mitford fun! I have an extra copy of Light From Heaven, the final book in the Mitford series. And, I'd like to pass it on to one of you!
To be entered, please leave a comment including your favorite thing about Mitford or a way that you try to create "Mitford" in your life. Rather than a random drawing this time, and since I have extra time right now, I will choose a favorite answer among the comments left. Comments will be accepted until noon (EST) on Thursday, January 24, 2007. And, the winner will be announced on Friday, Jan. 25th.