It took place in 1964. I would have been 11 - in the book Lily was about 14. Her dad was T. Ray who was very much like my own father and the way I was raised as well. Her mother was dead and she dwelled on that fact a lot. She thought it was her fault. Maybe if her mother was there - things would be different. My mother was physically there and yet mentally absent at times.
None the less - she ran away when she was about 14. She was not one who would let injustice flow and fought for the justice of others. She rescued her servant out of jail and then they ran off together.
The thing that hit me in this book was the ending. What Lily learned. Earlier this week I talked about being happy - about it being a choice to decide to whether to like your life or not. Many people wrote comments about that and gave a lot of excellent quotes. Lily chose to leave her life and made a better one.
By the end of the book - Lily was living with four black women in a southern town - that was segregated. I lived in Atlanta in the 60's and believe me - unfortunately - it was true. That could be a whole other blog.
The 'momma' of the group told her something. And I believe she had to learn it because she was black. And obviously the writer of the book got it too. No matter who you are - you have worth - and you can and should stand up and be proud - finally knowing you are strong enough to take care of yourself.Now you would have to read yesterday's blog where I copied two pages from the book. Here's one paragraph from page 289-
"This Mary I'm talking about sits in your heart all daylong, saying, 'Lily, you are my everlasting home, Don't you ever be afraid, I am enough. We are enough." I closed my eyes, and in the coolness of morning, there among the bees, I felt for one clear instant what she was talking about."
Did you understand the power the book was talking about? I'm a Christian and I believe in using the strength and smarts God gave is - being strong within. Some people don't like to mix the two. I think one of the things God gives us is a brain and the power to use it.
I think God gives us the power - inside - to go on - become strong - to survive. It is a gift from God. Sometimes you're in a bad situation and you have to get out.
Does God leave you there or does it give you the strength to do what you need to do? And the strength he gives you allows you to stand up and not let someone take your essence away. Becoming strong - allows you choices. You can decide to be happy or you can chose to be sad. Strength gives us choices.