I don’t know what 2019 holds, but this is where my re-telling ends. This is where we officially let Oaklee be Oaklee. Our story, these days, is not much different than the stories of other 18-month-olds… and that feels pretty good.
Month: December 2018
It’s literally been a year for the books. For the past several years I’ve set out to read 24 books each year – two each month. Each time I’ve set that goal, I’ve come in somewhere around 26-28, so this year I challenged myself to read 30. If you’ve been following along, you know that didn’t exactly happen.
Sold is about the young Lakshmi, a Nepali girl who’s sold to ease the financial strife of her family. Though they believe she’s headed to a big city in India where she’ll work as a maid, she quickly learns she’s been sold into prostitution upon her arrival at the “Happiness House”. Lakshmi lives a nightmare, fighting to survive, fighting for her dignity, and fighting simply to endure.
For every minute I sat alone with my pump, every time I washed the pump parts, every discomfort I felt in having an oversupply of breastmilk, every tear I cried through our breastfeeding battle, I found redemption in the opportunity to not only feed my child, but her NICU roommates as well.
Auggie and Me is not a sequel, but rather a deeper dive into Wonder. Auggie and Me includes three short stories told from the points of view of Auggie’s bully, Julian, Auggie’s longest friend, Christopher, and Auggie’s Welcome Buddy at Beecher Prep, Charlotte. Each of the characters made an appearance in Wonder, whether they played a major or minor role, and each of their stories in Auggie & Me show the impact Auggie has had on their lives.
An Anonymous Girl is about 28-year-old Jessica Farris’ entanglement after sneaking her way into a psychological study as an anonymous girl. Trying to make it on her own in New York City, Jessica finds herself getting deeper and deeper into that stud, causing her to become paranoid and making her question everyone and everything.
By Christmas, we’d landed in a much better place. Still not on the growth chart, Oaklee was maintaining her own curve.
Let Oaklee be Oaklee.
Aside from the Haakaa breast pump, I was only pumping once or twice a day – only when Oaklee was taking a full feed (roughly 125ml; approximately 4.25oz) by bottle. In just under 6 months, we finally made it to the place I’d anticipated starting. Oaklee was an exclusive breastfeeder; I was a part-time working mama who could potentially only pump 6 times per week. This is what we fought for.
Winter Stroll is about the Quinn family, their lives as they revolve around the inn they manage on Nantucket Island, and the drama one family can incur in a year as they grow up into an entangled extended family.
Little Bee is about the intermingling stories of Little Bee, a Nigerian refugee and Sarah, a British journalist. When their paths cross on Sarah’s unlikely vacation to a beach in Nigeria, the two begin the process of learning what they would do to save their families, their selves and humanity. Two years later, skeletons in the closet, their paths cross once again and the two are lead to put into action their beliefs while watching fate play out. Can they save each other? Can they save themselves?
All the Light We Cannot See is about a German orphan and a blind French girl and their crossing paths through WWII. Marie-Laure flees Nazi occupied Paris with her father and a dangerous jewel per her father’s role at the Museum of Natural History. Werner, having proven his worth to the reich, gets snatched up early and sent to battle for his ability to track down the resistance by using math and building/fixing tracking instruments. As their stories collide, the reader learns of the demands of war, the desire to do good and the devastation greed and power can cause.