May 31, 2014

The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy

Arundhati Roy packs a lot in this book and it was challenging for me to narrow down one single topic to discuss here on Thursday's Child. While reading I couldn't stop seeing, smelling and tasting  everything in Ayemenem, and at times that became rather overwhelming. In a society concerned with the "big things" such as the caste system, politics, labor unions, marriage, and disingenuous families, Roy directs the reader to take a closer look at the "small things."  Hence the title of the book. These "small things" are what is closest to our heart. Secrets, promises, sins, insecurities, loss and other things that we do not wish people to see or acknowledge. It is the underlining current that runs in every family, the deep hurt and dark secrets that drag us down. It is the small things that often become overlooked, abused and discarded. Rahel and Estha,  the twin protagonists understand the "small things." The amount of pain they suffer bearing the weight of the "small things" that go on in their family's life; Estha's molestation, Rachel's insecurities that her mother will  love her less, the secret of what really happened to little Sophie Mol, and the death of their beloved untouchable servant Velutha. Only after many years, and sex, do Rahel and Estha finally move past their painful childhood and are able to move on with their lives.

I'm not sure why I keep reading depressing books? I'm thinking that my next read should be something light and fun.

May 26, 2014

hello summer

Around here Memorial Day weekend signals the start of summer. This weekend was warm enough for us to fill up the new pool and enjoy some splashing and giggles. Thanks to Auntie Sarah, I was able to sit back in the shade and take pictures while Peanut splashed around.

May 9, 2014

wreath project

This week I decided to attempt my first wreath project. I wanted to make one for my Mother-in-Law for Mother's Day. Several years ago, I was given an old weather worn fall wreath. It had old faded leaves, acorns, and a random assortment of odds and ends. After a trip to Michael's I had everything I needed to transform this old wreath into something beautiful. 

*side note* 

I went to Hobby Lobby first. However, I didn't like the prices of their flowers. I went to Michael's and found the same flowers, for way less..and they were on sale. Score! 

Anyways, I'm really happy with the end results. The flowers are fresh, bright and full of spring and I'm looking forward to giving this wreath away.