I try not to make my posts long and wordy as I know you have so many to visit and not a lot of time.
..but this time I can't help it. :( Sorry.
I love reading and I always have. I've just finished a book that was sent to me as a gift from a dear blogger friend, Lynne! When Lynne sent me this book, she had no idea the personal connection I would have with it.
I usually read historical novels, ones that are taken from much research, or diaries, that sort of thing.
When I received this book and read the Prolog, I supposed it to be light reading..and even though I had read the reviews (I always do that) I didn't think it would hold my interest but I wanted to give it a try because my friend was so certain I would like it. She loved it enough to send it to me.
So I plowed ahead..
This isn't supposed to be a book review.
This is..something else I guess...
I am the eldest of five children by about 7 years, so I was grown and married while my sibblings were still in grade school. One of my baby brother's died at two and a half years old but I was too young to realize that death was forever. (..and yes, I know the religous side of what I've just said and I do have faith..this isn't about that.)
My mother went on to have three more children, two little brothers and my baby sister.
What I wanted to share with you, is that my youngest brother was in a horrible auto accident and was left a quad.
His hands are in braces. There are different levels of quads and his is not the worst, such as Reeves was, but his is not the best either. My brother can speak and with difficulty he can feed himself. With his hands in braces, he can use a computer.
I won't go into all he has been through. I can't..but now I know it was much, much more than I ever knew. I lived a couple of hours away so wasn't privy to the specifics. I only knew his entire life had changed...and now I know I KNEW NOTHING!
My brother was a woodsman..a builder of beautiful furniture. He carved things, he was a craftsman.
Lumber was his career and he lost it all. He can no longer build things. I cannot even imagine his heartbreak.
He was also going through a sad divorce when it happened..so he had his world dashed already and was suffering when the accident happened..
This book took me into my brothers world...his heartache and trials and still doesn't even scratch the surface of what folks that suffer such debilitating accidents, go through. I wanted to scream when I realized the enormity of his pain. How alone he must have felt.
Then while reading the book I received an alert from facebook (which I seldom ever go on) and he had written a couple of sentences about a religious leader that he admired. She had died and he was saddened by her death and he said a few things about what she had meant to him and his life change..but what I read that killed me was "I found myself alone. Completely alone!"
Here I was reading this book..and then I read my brother's comment on facebook...on Friday. I went into a bit of a tailspin and my brother was quick to excuse me. I don't know exactly what I could have done but certainly it was more than I did. It will take a while to forgive myself even though it was a long time ago.
I have NO idea, had NO idea what he went through, is still going through and always will. I had a very large family and was up to my neck working full time and getting through my own life and assumed my brother was well taken care of. In many ways he was..and yet...and yet..I wasn't there. I simply was not there for him like I wish I had been!
I love my brother. He is ..my baby brother and this book enlightened me so much. It's too late now, he made it without me. He is a very determined and strong man. He was a determined little boy and I am glad he was. My brother was retrained for computers, was employed by the Government and was transfered to Texas.
He eventually married a lovely woman from Canada and is happy.
They talk of moving back to California after he retires..I hope they do. His children and grandchildren are here.
He has a specially equiped car and has done all sorts of things such as skiing, basketball, and I believe he even danced. :) They teach them a lot about survival.
If you don't have a close relative or a very close friend, then what I am saying won't mean much to you. However..this book is a riveting book. I stayed up nearly all night last night to finish it. Do not think this is a book for those interested in the handicapped. It is not. It's about love.
Thank you, Joyce. This book enlightened me, made me cry, and laugh and added depth to my life.
That's about it for today. Lots going on and I have a big family dinner to cook. The kids are coming over and that always makes for a busy day with lots of fun to look forward to.
Have a wonderful Sunday.