Tuck Everlasting was a book I missed out on reading until I was teaching fourth grade a few years after college. I adored the book and had several amazing conversations with my students. Almost without fail they would tell you they would drink from the spring. I guess when you are 10 and 11 forever doesn't seem like anything at all. Back then I knew I wouldn't want to drink from the spring, but I thought about it longer.
Then I became a parent.
I would never want to outlive my children. Never. And there is a part of me that thinks I wouldn't want them to drink from the spring either. I have loved growing and maturing and getting older and I want that for my children. I want them to experience the full circle of life, because I have loved most every stage of my life.
The things that the Tucks had to do to avoid suspicion, like separating for years at a time, makes me sad. But then again, living together for eternity probably wouldn't be good either--can you imagine how on each others' nerves you'd be?
Now that I am older and have lived, I truly cannot see an upside to living forever.
What about you? If you had the chance, would you want to live forever? Would you drink from the spring?