Sunday, October 18, 2009

Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society...

... was my companion for my drive down and back from Atlanta this weekend. As I was driving down Tom called coming home from a demo. He was working in South Carolina and heading north and I was heading south. We realized we were only a few minutes away from each other so we decided to meet at the Cracker Barrel in Gaffney South Carolina for dinner. Right next to the registers to pay was their selection of books on CD and Tom suggested I get one for the drive. What a thoughtful husband who TOTALLY knows me. I didn't know anything about the book but this is the one I picked. It takes place right after WWII and it is done in a collection of letters where the main character is pen pals with several members of the society. She asks them about themselves and their time spent during the war. I loved hearing it on tape since it is all done in letters, each character has a different voice. It was great company. I didn't start this blog as a book review though. One of the characters in the book related a story about when they sent the children to England's countryside to protect them from air raids and invasion. All the sudden I thought back to one of my favorite books, the Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe and realized they too were at their Uncle's staying int he countryside during the war. I guess I always assumed that was just part of the plot of the story. I didn't realize that people ACTUALLY sent their kids away during what was probably one of the scariest times of their lives. It is true!! Not just part of a plot of some story. See the wikipidia article here. I thought about the kids not having their parents nearby to comfort them. I can't imagine sending my kids away not knowing when or if we would ever see them again, not knowing who would be taking care of them, or even if they were taken care of at all. What courage and faith both the parents and children had to have had. I know the world has to be at its breaking point when the Lord comes again. I can't imagine what it is going to be like if the atrocities of WWII didn't fulfill that requirement. I love my darling girls so much and I would never want to be seperated from them. I hope I never have to.


Andrea said...

Ditto...brings me to tears to even think about. One doesn't really understand the love for your children until you become a parent! What an AMAZING blessing to be parents to these SWEET children!

Ben said...

Greta...nice post, sounds very interesting! Thanks for always posting on my blog, nice to know at least two people read it! :)
On the lighter side, hope you saw the Family Guy episode where it refers to The Witch and the Wardrobe, classic as were all the F.G. episodes!