Wiggle, Wiggle

“Shall we make a new rule of life … always to try to be a little kinder than is necessary.”
~ J.M. Barrie via WONDER

There’s this thing that I do with my tongue when I’m trying to stop myself from crying. I open my mouth, ever so slightly, and then wiggle my tongue side to side like some sort of directionally defunct fishing lure. It’s weird. I know.

What I didn’t know is that I do this. Until recently …

Last week I was at the gym pumping my legs in stationary circles while reading. I’ve found that transporting myself into another time or place helps me to forget that I’m actually exercising. It also motivates me. The more exciting the plot, the faster I peddle with apparently the emotions of the characters driving my expression.

The book I was reading was WONDER by R.J.Palacio and, without giving away the plot, let me just say, it’s the kind of story that makes you want to be a better person.

I was at a very emotionally climactic point and could feel the sting in my tear ducts when I sensed a set of eyes watching me. I looked up to see a man grinning my way with a,”Yo, waaat up, babe,” type of expression on his face. At first I thought he must have mistaken me for someone else, but then I felt it–my tongue–wiggling back and forth in my mouth.

There’s nothing like a creepy grin to screech the brakes on my literary world. Within seconds the book was under my arm, and I was halfway down the hall. But later, while finishing that passage in the confines of my living room, I felt myself doing the same thing–tongue whipping back and forth like a sideways pendulum.

I bring this up not only because I’m weird, but because there are just some books so good they can induce asthma attacks, bring forth unknown facial tics, or, in my case, activate the horizontal tongue flicker.

So if you’re ready for a book that will stick with you and, most likely, affect everything you say and do, pick up WONDER. But learn from me, you very well may want to read this alone. The emotions it elicits can’t be trusted.

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6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. camaggio
    Jan 16, 2015 @ 23:06:45

    You crack me up. Lovin your “bits.” Best of luck!

    Reply

  2. colleenbennett
    Jan 16, 2015 @ 23:49:10

    Thanks, Bour Power! You rock, giiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiirl!

    Reply

  3. Shanda
    Jan 17, 2015 @ 00:29:53

    You are an amazing writer! I was with you on your exercise bike (i saw your eyes getting red and I saw the weird dude) and in your living room (your eyes got red again)- felt like it anyway! I want to read Wonder now too!

    Reply

  4. T. L. Sumner
    Jan 17, 2015 @ 04:38:10

    You crack me up with those descriptions. I agree, Wonder is an emotional read and it is one of my favorite books of all time. I adore Auggie!!! 🙂

    Reply

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