R.I.P. Harper Lee

“I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It’s when you know you’re licked before you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what. You rarely win, but sometimes you do.”

Harper Lee wrote what is considered by many to be one of the greatest books of all time. She touched on every subject matter you can think of that can give people the guidelines for how to care, to give people hope and to stand up for what’s right. Being Homeschooled, my mother didn’t want me to become someone who hated reading so she never pressured me into reading and never forced any certain book on me…except for one.

When I first read “To Kill A Mockingbird,” I hadn’t seen the movie or even knew what the story was going to be like. I was stunned when I read it at 14 and it still stuns me today anytime I think about it. Harper Lee deserves to be recognized as a woman who understood human nature and wanted nothing more than to tell a truly phenomenal story.

Thanks for everything, Scout.

-Vance

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