The Help, revisited.

March 30th. 2009

I did it! I finished The Help. It’s not like its a marathon book, quite the contrary once you get into it, it’s just we had parties to go to and a bit of yard work, plus church and that Sunday afternoon nap all through last week, and well, I was able to turn the last page while waiting on my daughter to finish her dance lesson today. Maybe I dragged my feet a bit because I saw the conflict coming and knew it wasn’t going to be an easy one to swallow. But one of the best lines in the book (and it’s about a book within a book) is when Miss Skeeter describes a universal code among women (both those that hire ‘the help’ and those that are ‘the help’) We are just two people. Not that much separates us. Not nearly as much as I’d thought. Everyone in this book has secrets to keep, some have secrets to share. And the beauty of the story lies with three women and the way courage is defined by their lives, and how each chooses to change the world where she lives. It was empowering to see how baby-steps can lead to full-blown freedom.

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