The trailer for The Help was that kind of rare. It convinced me, so I tried to get it on my Kindle but was too expensive for me to justify buying it. I did the next best thing: I checked out the library. I hoped and prayed that it would just be sitting on the shelf waiting for me like The Forgotten Garden and Secret Daughter were. But no. There was a waiting list.
So I waited. And waited. Until, one day I happened upon the library and there it was waiting for me!
So I dived right into the lives of Miss Skeeter, Aibileen, and Minny in Jackson, Mississippi. Times were changing and a story is told of black maids who practically raise white people's children yetbecause of the colour of their skin are forced to use a separate washroom. Out of this comes courage and the unveiling of stories that need to be told.
When I read books about people trying to change things or even keep them the same, I always try to imagine what I would do in the situation. Would I be for separation or would I be for integration? It's hard for me to imagine because of the time and place I live in now but the struggle, determination, and love that is found within the yellow covers of this book made me think long and hard about a lot of things.
So please read and enjoy. But you might have to be on a waiting list too, so just prepare yourself for that...
The Wakeful Dreamer
Ps. I have not watched the movie yet but it came out in August so I know I'll get to see it at sometime and I'll remember to keep my expectations at a moderate level. Just in case you were worried.