Earlier this summer, I wrote about visiting a dear ttwd friend. Jack and I had a wonderful time. While visiting, we talked .......... a lot! We talked about many things including our favorite books. She asked if I had read this book, Remarkable Creatures. I said no, but I had read The Girl With The Pearl Earring by the same author. She insisted that I take this book home. She said it was one of her favorite books and she highly recommended it. I tucked it into my carry-on and began reading it while awaiting my flight.
I have seen the cover of this book many times both in bookstores and book reviews I read. I have been intrigued with the drawing of the two women at the water's edge. What are they talking about? What are they looking for?
The power of their friendship is strong. These two women form a solid remarkable friendship. The story is told in first person as each of the two women tell the story. Main character Elizabeth introduces readers to new characters by discussing the dominant trait of each character. She tells us that her dominant trait is her eyes always focusing on the unusual. She connects each character with what she sees as their dominant traits. So interesting!
If I were a character in her book, what would she say was my dominant trait? What would she say was yours? Is it your smile, your handshake, your shyness, your thoughtfulness, your kindness?
I think I lead with my sincerity and generosity....... but really .... my most dominant trait really must be first observed by others. Right?
You really need to ask someone close to you what they see as your dominant trait.
Jack was quick to share what he thought was my most dominant trait. He said I lead with my confident sensuality!!!!!!! What?????
I told him that he needed to explain what he meant. Here is what he said.
Mere, your confidence is a part of you that you display well. Your sensuality has to do with how you present yourself ........... the way you dress, how you put yourself together, your makeup, your confidence and comfort with the body you have, and the way you express yourself in speaking to the world.
Believe me, all of this was way too hard for me to digest. I was dumbfounded and speechless! When I look in the mirror, I do not see confident sensuality. I see flaws ....... the muffin top, the inability to use eyeliner without making a mess, wearing my exercise clothes too long into the day, and the list goes on. I must clean up well. Jack sees me and he likes the way I am always striving for improvement. I just do not see it. I am my worst critic.
Now it is your turn. Ask others or decide for yourself what is your dominant trait. Is it your hair or the way you handle yourself in a tense situation? Is it your voice or your self-expression? Is it your generosity or your stubbornness? This is an interesting question to think about. We do not share our photos here on these ttwd blogs, but we can share the traits we have. Think about your dominant traits and share in the comments. We all look forward to reading one another's comments.