Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Warning: This is not a food post.

Today I want to post on something other than food. I know, right? What do I have to talk about besides food. Not much, I'll admit. I mean, we eat at least 3 times a day (preferably 5 times a day) and it's a big part of our day. When I say "we" and "our" I'm including all of America (I'm leaving the skinny countries out). Side note: did you know that McDonald's doesn't "biggie size" anymore? I just found that out. hm. Also, McDonald's is taking over China. Thank you cable TV.

I haven't quite found my routine yet in Daytona. Everything is different. Even Carrabbas (no trees on the roof, what is this place!). Our weeknights aren't filled with activities and people. It's just different. I know it takes time and I'm excited about new routines and new activities. I just haven't found mine yet and that is hard.

One thing I did find was a good book to read. "Cry, the Beloved Country" by Alan Paton.
So good! You may have read it in high school and are looking down your nose at me in disdain...well I'm sorry. We never read anything this good in high school to my recollection (Oh, I did enjoy Lord of the Flies). For those of you who didn't read it in high school (like Bradley did) it's about the turmoil and racial tension it South Africa, a black man's country under a white man's rule. The main character, tribal black man goes on searching to restore his family who have left the tribe and gone to Johannesburg. The whole book is on the cultural tensions, fear, and opression of South Africa. Since I've been to Zimbabwe, which is now in a similar postition to the old South Africa, I felt emotionally wrapped up in it. The ending phrase and the summarizing theme of the book is "the fear of bondage and the bondage of fear." Interesting paradox. And an even more interesting book. If you haven't read it I would suggest picking it up for your summer reading.

Now, I'm looking for another book to read. Any suggestions?

Do you see what's behind "Cry, The Beloved Country"? It's the RTS Catalog! We registered for classes! I am so excited! And I'm slightly nervous too. I have a lot of reading to do for those classes. I plan to get a jump start on it this summer, because I'm assuming reading the book twice wouldn't be a horrible idea. It's going to be an adventure. And I like adventures.


  1. Francesca,
    Interesting book. I will add it to my summer reading list. If you are looking for another, I think you will like "Same Kind of Different as Me" by Ron Hall & Denver Moore. Ellen and I have both read this and absolutely love it. I recommended it to my mom and she read it in 24 hours (didn't sleep a whole lot-haha!) Once you get into it, it's hard to put down. But, it's a true story about the journey of two families, written from their perspective. Again, I absolutely love it. Happy reading!

  2. Loved reading your post, makes me want to read!

  3. I went to the library yesterday looking for Same Kind of Different as Me. They were all out. So I'll have to figure something out because I'm really excited about reading that book!

  4. Ok, so that book reminded me of another book, which I read in elementary school called "Mama was a Missionary" it was really good. Right now I'm reading a book called "Brendan" (except I think i misspelled it) about an old Irish saint. It's pretty good, but very Catholic. Since I judge books by their covers, I'm reading that one.

  5. Ken- Oh I'll have to read that one now! I was going to call you and get a list of books that you recommended.

    I just finished Same kind of Different as Me, I really enjoyed it! Great recommendation Geoff!

  6. Great! I am glad that you enjoyed it! Funny enough, I went to the library and checked out Cry, the Beloved Country. I am excited about reading it. If interested in another one about Africa, I would also recommend "Left to Tell". It's written by a woman that survived the Rwanadan genocide in 1994. Read the book in two days.