I always describe Gilmore Girls as a coming of age drama. It is fitting that one of the books on Rory’s booklist is, “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn” by Betty Smith. This book is also a “coming of age” drama. Oprah Winfery has also said “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn” was one of the most influential books when she was growing up. Oprah likes it, Rory likes it, that’s good enough for me.
This book made me more a Gilmore Girl with the idea that just because someone is flawed doesn’t mean they are unlovable, and that there is happiness to be found everywhere. I was watching “My Fair Brady: We’re Getting Married”, and I was struck by something Adrianne’s mother said. She works in a factory, is divorced, and lives in a house most people wouldn’t think a lot of. She said, speaking of Christopher Knight (who I really hate, but he has lots of money, and some fame) something like “I’m so glad I haven’t lived his life”. This is the ultimate expression of “grow where you are planted”. This book is not about the destination, but the journey. Like Rory and Lorelei, their philosophy is to enjoy the little things, penny candy, a good book to read, or a town meeting.