This week I read "The Help" (I say that like I read a book every week, which often I do but I have been sorely lacking in the reading department lately). I wanted to finish the book before I saw the movie (I pretty much ALWAYS do that...except with "Lord of the Rings" which I was never even remotely interested in until I saw the first movie and then I read all the books...except for the poetry bits -- YUCK!).
I loved this book, "The Help." I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a great story.
But what I loved most about it is that it got me thinking. I love a book that makes me think. I started thinking what would I have been like if I had lived in the South during this period? Would I have been a woman to blindly follow societal norms and treat my help like dirt? Would I have been willing to stand up for something I felt needed to be changed, or would I have even felt something needed to be changed?
I took a moment to explore my soul, and I am really not sure who I would have been. I am a rule follower in general, although I don't mind pushing the limits if I feel it is necessary. But would I have felt this was necessary? Would I have even seen anything wrong with the prevalent ideology? I just don't know.
And what about my life now? Are there things in my life that parallel this story but are too "normal" to me to stand out at a problem? What am I teaching my children by the actions I am taking or the things I am ignoring? I think I have some good old fashioned soul searching to do.
Like I said, I love a book that makes me think.
P.S. If you haven't read it yet, you REALLY should...and I hear the movie is great too!