Today would have been the birthday of Anne Morrow Lindbergh.
Lindbergh used to vacation in Lee County, Florida, and while on Captiva Island, she wrote her most famous work, Gift from the Sea. When I was the library manager on Captiva, I was lucky enough to know the woman who owned the house where Anne Morrow Lindbergh stayed when she was on the island. The house had been sold, and was going to be torn down. I was allowed to go through the house by myself before it was razed. There was nothing special about the house. It was just an ordinary island cottage, but it was magic to me since Lindbergh had stayed there.
I met Reeve Lindbergh a few years later. Reeve is Anne Morrow Lindbergh's daughter, and an author in her own right. She wrote the most beautiful version of Johnny Appleseed that I ever saw. In fact, my mother made me a wall hanging based on the illustrations from that book. Reeve has written books about her parents, but, in my opinion, the most beautiful one, and one I used for a book discussion, was her novel, The Names of the Mountains. It's a poetic, loving novel, based on her mother's last years. It's a book I treasure.
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