Sunday, May 13, 2012

The Sunday Salon: Mother's Day Edition

Mother's Day, which we're celebrating today, is seared with many emotions for so many people. I'm not exempt from this, certainly not this year, as I wrote in yesterday's post, "may 13 many years ago." 

I've been on both sides of the fence with this holiday, from feeling the heartbreak of not being a mom to now being blessed to have my children and being grateful for the journey. I understand what it's like to welcome the homemade breakfast in bed while remembering all too poignantly the days of wanting to just hide underneath the covers.

So, however you view this day, I hope it has been a good Sunday. We've had a quiet and low-key Mother's Day here, beginning with Betty and Boo making me breakfast (with much assistance from The Husband).

I had planned to do a little gardening today, but this morning's rain ended that idea so, I've just been catching up on some blog reading. I'm hoping to start on A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness shortly. This is a little out of my usual realm of reading material, but this looks interesting and has been getting much acclaim on the blogs.

Here's what I finished this week:

For the past several weeks, I've been listening to Richard Russo's Bridge of Sighs in the car as my audiobook ... and I've gotta admit, I let out a big sigh when this ended. Because, people, this is one long book. The print version (which I've had on my shelves for what seems like forever) is 527 pages, making the audiobook 21 CDs.

And after all that? This, which is pretty much the entire life saga of one Louis Lynch and his family and peers in one upstate New York town ... was just OK.  Bridge of Sighs has as its theme the connections that bridge us together, across the physical and emotional divides of our lives. It's about how those divisions are shaped by memory and time, and the influence that each plays in forming the person we eventually become.

As part of my continuing gardening education, I read The Beginner's Guide to Edible Herbs: 26 Herbs Everyone Should Grow & Enjoy by Charles W.G. Smith.  We will be growing sweet basil, catnip, cilantro, oregano, and parsley this year, and Smith's book gives very easy to follow instructions for each of these. In addition, he also provides helpful information on growing anise hyssop, bay laurel, bee balm, borage, calendula, caraway, chives, dill, fennel, garlic, hyssop, lavender, lemon balm, lemon verbena, marjoram, mint, rosemary, sage, savory, tarragon, and thyme.

I might be persuaded to try some chives, garlic, tarragon, and thyme in addition to those already on our agenda. (This is kind of getting a little out of hand.)

Finally, since today is Mother's Day, I would be remiss if I didn't mention Beth Kephart's memoir A Slant of Sun. I stayed up late last night finishing what was, for me, an absolutely breathtaking and powerful book. Regular readers of the blog know how much of a fan I am of Beth's work, that I consider her a friend. Still, this book is truly special. She calls this a book of yesterday, and I understand why. I do. That didn't stop A Slant of Sun from resonating so much with me this week.

This memoir is a testament to the strength and courage of one child as well as to the strength and courage in parenting a child who has been labeled by "experts" as different. Having the courage to rely on that strength, to trust in the process of discovery and to rely on love and time to allow the person within to emerge is extremely difficult, as Kephart makes so poignantly clear in A Slant of Sun. 

Next up for this week: A Monster Calls, by Patrick Ness and The Night Circus, by Erin Morgenstern as my audiobook for a business trip to Scranton. (My backup audiobook is Okay for Now, by Gary Schmidt.)

Happy Mother's Day to all who are celebrating!

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