Happy Wednesday, Reading Nook Readers!
Today, we're very honored to be a part of the 40 Days in 40 Years blog tour for Tuck Everlasting.
The awesome folks over at Macmillan Children's asked us to respond to the question of What if you could live forever? like the characters in the book. Read on, to see how Tom and I answered…
What If you could live forever?
That's why I absolutely understood the decision faced by one of the characters at the end of the novel. As much as that character wanted for a relationship to go a certain way, that character also couldn't seem to really fathom the idea of living forever. And when we catch up with the character later, we do see that the character has lived a full, but not eternal life.
However, now that I've gotten older, I've actually had a slight change of heart. I've developed so many interests over the years, I sometimes worry that I won't have enough time in the world to pursue them all. So living forever actually sounds like a unique opportunity, because it will definitely give me more than enough time to pursue everything I want to do!
While some of the things that I want to do are personal - e.g. writing a book and get it published; learning as many languages as possible - I would love to commit to some larger scale projects as well. Because I'm a political/international relations nerd, I would commit to doing something along the lines of helping to build a school in a far off region, and being able to continue to visit year after year, coming back to see how the students are growing up.
On an even greater level than that, I'd love to apply my background to something even loftier. There are certain political hotspots around the world, and I would love to be able to work on those problems, to the point where I could see them actually be fully resolved.
However, with all of this being said, I do think that it would be lonely if I couldn't bring my friends and family with me. So I would hope that at the very least, I could have Tom along. He's my partner-in-crime, and I have a feeling we could weather the ages together.
I guess I should start by saying, I agree with Jess. If I could live forever, I would want to bring Jess, and friends along for the ride. (And maybe a select family pet or two - WORM!) Simply put, I think we have a better chance of making our lasting mark on history, if we're doing it as a team.
With that being said, I also think that living forever would have its benefits. I would take the time to explore every nook and cranny of the world, including those really far off places - e.g. the Australian bush - that people don't ever really think of taking the time to explore.
I think I'd also want to take the time to solve some of the world's greatest mysteries as well. There are some pop culture mysteries that I'd love to get to the bottom of, but I'd also like to help figure out scientific mysteries. If I could devote my time to curing some of the world's biggest health problems like breast cancer, I feel like living forever would be worth it.
I don't disagree with the decision made by the characters in Tuck Everlasting; I think that they were all made for the right reasons at the right time. However, I - as well as Jess - would love to hear what YOU have to say. So why not comment below?
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About the book:
Tuck Everlasting asks readers “What if you could live forever?” Doomed to, or blessed with, eternal life after drinking from a magic spring, the Tuck family wanders about trying to live as inconspicuously and comfortably as they can. When ten-year-old Winnie Foster stumbles on their secret, the Tucks take her home and explain why living forever at one age is less of a blessing than it might seem. Then complications arise when Winnie is followed by a stranger who wants to market the spring water for a fortune.
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