With the computer out of the picture last week and weekend, I actually had some extra time to read…..a book! I really enjoy reading – in fact, I used to be somewhat obsessed with it…until that obsession was replaced with blogging and so the cycle goes. Just about anything needs its proper perspective, I suppose. Anyways, back to my topic.
I found a book (through Mama Hen) that was completely different than the other Christian fictions I am usually drawn to at the library. Bess Streeter Aldrich in A Lantern in Her Hand has a very unique writing style. I’ll admit, it took me a bit to get caught up in the story but there was so much emotion – that I could identify with – that I kept coming back to the story…until I was hooked.
I would recommend this book – especially for all mothers…you will relate to Abbie’s heart – and love her perspective. I wanted to give you a “teaser”…to introduce you to Abbie, whom the story revolves around. She is enjoying a lazy afternoon with her youngest granddaughter, Laura. She is reminiscing and Laura asks her about her favorite memories.
“There are many memories. But I’ll tell you the one I like to think of best of all. It’s just a homely everyday thing, but to me it is the happiest of them all. It is evening time here in the old house and the supper is cooking and the table is set for the whole family. It hurts a mother, Laura, when the plates begin to be taken away one by one. First there are seven and then six and then five…and on down to a single plate. So I like to think of the table set for the whole family at supper time. The robins are singing in the cottonwoods and the late afternoon sun is shining across the floor. Will, your grandfather, is coming in to supper and the children are all playing out in the yard. I can hear their voices and happy laughter. There isn’t much to that memory is there? Out of a lifetime of experiences you would hardly expect that to be the one I would choose as the happiest, would you? But it is.”
My goodness, I couldn’t have said it better myself!