Monday, August 24, 2009

I Read a Book!

Sadly, it doesn't happen as often as it should.

Thanks go to sweet Lacy over at Razor Family Farms who had a giveaway that I won!! The prize was this delightful little book.

I thought it was going to be a novel, but it was actually a collection of memories of growing up in the Depression. It blessed my simple-living heart. I'm sure I romanticized it in my brain that so longs for life in the country, but I was continually touched by the simple, hard-working, family-oriented life she led.

One anecdote that I just loved was one she told of when she was grown and all citified. Her two year old son swallowed a bobby pin. As the doctors mulled over the possibility of surgery to remove the pin that was slowly losing its plastic tips, the only things preventing the child's insides from being shredded, Mildred called her elderly aunt. I won't share what happened, but you can bet her aunt's idea was a lot less invasive and equally effective.

It was also a great book for me to read during this particularly busy time as I could read a chapter, put it down, and not be lost whenever I got the chance to pick it up again. Each chapter focused on a different aspect of their life.

This really is a charming little book that I highly recommend. It was a hard life during a hard time. She could have walked away from it wishing never to look back. Yet she shares her memories with a sweetness and even fondness that proves to me that we have gotten too far away from how it really should be, even if it was hard. Hard can be good.

7 comments: said...

I'm so glad that you enjoyed it! Is it not the sweetest collection of recollections you have ever read?? I couldn't put it down and particularly loved the tips she offered -- like using cream of tarter as a cleaner.


And congratulations on your win!!!

YD, sometimes with Samantha & June said...

Sounds like a good book. Will have to check it out.

Julie said...

Thanks again, Lacy.

Buck said...

Sounds like a good book. Maybe Sally will pick it up. I am always interested in what people have done in hard times to get by, or survive. We haven't had any of those times in my lifetime, but I think we are definitely headed that way again as a nation.



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Anonymous said...

The name bugs me, since heathen is alreasy plural (like deer or game, in reference to animals). I would be such a tiresome English teacher!


Julie said...

The name comes from what her grandmother used to call them.