All these just in the past couple of months? Ok, so maybe it does make sense that the running joke at Book Club is finding a book that Martha HASN"T read.
This book I actually picked out on a whim. I was eager to see how the Ipad worked with my local library's system and it was the first book I came across that was "available to download NOW". (while my library has loads of digital books available, many were already checked out, and I wanted instant reading).
What a pleasant surprise this book turned out to be. It is set post-WWII and centers on a young Polish couple that is reunited after 6 years being separated from each other. Can you imagine being a newlywed, with a new baby and war breaks out. Your husband goes off to serve his county and you are left to fend for yourself? Both the husband and wife suffered greatly during the 6 years and the author did a great job of telling each of their stories while also telling their story of being reunited.
Keep the tissues handy, you'll need it for this one as well. My friend Fran gave this book to me at Judy's memorial service, with only the words of caution "probably don't want to read it RIGHT now". As I read it later (as she suggested), I could instantly tell why she cautioned me about reading it in January: the story is told through the eyes of the family dog. A wise and loving dog...and I couldn't help but picture Judy's dog, Nemo telling a similar story. Dogs really are man's best friend!
So there ya have it....I can spend hours reading (and yes, my house sometimes reflects that I have done nothing but read all evening). I enjoy going away on an adventure with a book and look forward to having even more time to read with summer vacation fast approaching (Counting down: 25 days of work left, YEAH BABY!)
Sunday, April 08, 2012
No matter how long the winter, Spring is sure to follow....Proverb
This winter was long. Oh no, not in terms of weather. That was mild. But the heartache and sadness we all experienced with the passing of Judy....well, that made for a pretty rough winter.
As Easter approached, I really struggled with how I wanted to spend the day. For the past 12 years, Judy, Eric and their girls joined us here at the House of Chang for a feast. We always took the time to celebrate. Should I continue that tradition, knowing that one very important person was not with us this year? Or, do I use this opportunity to start a new tradition? Would Eric and the girls want to join us? This would be the "first" of a year of firsts for them.
But, in the end, I decided to continue on....with a few changes.
Thing Two took care of the cookies, snickering that "With the bow tie on this one, he looks more like the Playboy bunny" (and while I don't have a picture, I too am wondering how does this child know about such things?)
We had to color eggs...for the first time in many years. I tried many Easters ago to make hard boiled eggs. I seriously over-cooked the eggs and they turned green. Not a big deal, since I don't really care for them in the first place I just wouldn't bother coloring eggs. But, younger Thing LIKES hard boiled eggs. In years' past, that too was not a big deal as "his Judy" took care of him, bringing over a carton filled with hard boiled eggs just for him. This year, I managed to cook the eggs "just right" and thus there were no green eggs served with the ham.
If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant; if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome. Anne Bradstreet
PS: a final note about the flowers in the top picture. Those are from MY yard. Yes, me the brown-thumbed Martha finally had a flower or two to pick from the garden. I planted the tulips several years ago, but every year either the neighborhood rabbits got to them or a snow storm crushed them before they had a chance to bloom. This year, they bloomed. Sometimes our reminders that it will be OK are as simple as the blooming of a tulip.