It occurred to me today how far behind I am on making baby gifts. I’ve had three friends and a cousin-in-law have babies this past week alone. And that’s not counting my friends that are due very soon! I need to pull out and set up my sewing machine and spend a couple evenings sewing. After baby girl goes to sleep of course. Pins, scissors, and babies do not mix well!
Hopefully I can finish this Angel Wings Pinafore for a friend who just had a baby girl. It has been an easy pattern to follow, and I don’t think it will take long to finish. I cannot wait to meet all of these sweet babies. It fills my heart with joy knowing they were born into loving families who will cherish them.
Yesterday I finished Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee. It is the alleged sequel to To Kill a Mockingbird (affiliate link), the American classic. While it held my interest well enough to read, I totally agree with this article that it is most likely a first-draft of To Kill a Mockingbird rather than a long-lost sequel. It reads like a first draft, complete with way too many character speeches and inner ramblings.
Despite all of this, and the fact that To Kill a Mockingbird is easily a better novel, I really connected to the heart and theme of the book. Though both about racism and race relations in the South, the theme of the book differed from that of its “prequel”. Go Set a Watchman is a complex study in coming-of-age as a young woman in her mid-twenties in the racially-tense and traditional South.
How does grown-up “Scout” deal with the sharp conflict between her personal conscience, what she’s always believed, and the reality of her beloved father’s ideals? She must break loose and become her own person–or watchman. As a young woman going through much of the same transition, I did connect to this core theme on a personal level. It kept me reading and dealing with the roughness of the literary quality. I would be hesitant to recommend buying this book (I checked it out), but it is for a decent price right now on Amazon, probably due to its disappointing decline in popularity.
Have you read Go Set a Watchman? What did you think?
As always, check out Ginny Sheller’s Yarn Along posts for other creative ideas for books and projects!