The snow is slowly melting, our temperatures are gradually climbing, and Easter is only days away! How about a watercolor of a bouquet of tulips, pussy willows and forsythia for today?
Reading has slowed down considerably over the last little while since my Saturdays are no longer spent with a book but are rather spent holding signs and knocking on doors. Nevertheless, I have finished a few books and I’d like to share my reviews with you today.
The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry
Beautiful, clever, wonderful, there aren’t enough adjectives to describe this one. It’s a work of art, I think. Read it.
The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin
If you knew the exact date you were going to die how would you live your life? Would it hang over your head and remove any feeling of free will? Or would it give you the freedom to live life to the fullest? I’ll just say, I wouldn’t want to know.
In the Midst of Winter by Isabel Allende
Isabel Allende is a terrific story teller and this tale, which goes back and forth from the present to the past, does not disappoint. Each character has been broken by their past but when the three come together, in a somewhat unrealistic way, they manage to build relationships and heal each other and move into the future with hope.
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Timely and relevant, I enjoyed this book a lot. It covers some hot button issues without sensationalizing or stereotyping and it’s very well written. It’s a tad long but it never really dragged and I definitely recommend it.
Today Will Be Different by Maria Semple
A rehash of Where’d You Go Bernadette only not as good. The best thing I can say about it? It was short.
Hum If You Don’t Know the Words by Bianca Marais
A moving story of South Africa in the 1970s during Apartheid and the Soweto upraising, told from the perspective of two characters, a 9 year old white girl and a 50 year old African woman. Some parts are really beautifully written and the overall message is one of hope despite the heartbreaking circumstances of the plot. There were a few too many coincidences and the ending felt a little rushed but overall it’s a great book and I’d recommend it.
Even though I didn’t read as many there were some great books in this bunch – one five star and 4 four stars – that’s some excellent reading!
It was another full weekend around here, from Friday with Jackie to holding signs for the campaign. There was a terrific event with Dale’s band, and a fabulous dinner at Hannah’s. In between there was door to door knocking and envelope addressing, a little bit of reading and some knitting.
Another blur but I’m learning and enjoying every minute of it!
How was your weekend?
I didn’t share a photo of the sweet spring bouquet that Rose brought me in yesterday’s post because I knew it would be perfect for today. Nothing says I care about you and I want to lift your spirits than flowers, at least in my world.
You know what I’m going to say now, don’t you?
Show someone you care about them this weekend! You’ll lift their spirits. And your own, too.
Thank you all so very much for your kind comments yesterday. My heart breaks for all of us who are without our moms, especially those who are dealing with a recent loss. And those who lost a mom at a tender age. And, well, let’s face it, no matter our age and no matter the circumstances, it’s a blow.
I have 3 things that happened yesterday that made it easier, though.
- Hannah called. I told many of you who commented yesterday that this happened. I never expected, when I recommended that those of you with a mom call your mom, that I would get a call, too. But my girlie came through in an amazing and unexpected and totally loving way. She told me that she loved me and was proud of me and that she was grateful to be my daughter. There’s nothing better than that and, aside from not being able to tell my mom about it, it was a perfect moment.
- I got flowers from my friend Rose. Even though she is super busy with her own family and running her own business, she stopped by after work with a lovely bouquet of tulips and daffodils. Just because. And that’s what makes Rose one of my favorite people in the whole world.
- An evening with Jack and his mom and dad. Who can be sad with that little face grinning at you? And, you know what? My mom would absolutely adore him.
So, yeah. It was a hard day . . . but . . . YOU all helped and my family and friends helped and . . . you know what really helps? I’ll never have to go through the 20th anniversary of my mom’s death again. So there.
Happy Thursday, friends. If you wrote a post for today please include your link below!