Saturday, September 3, 2011

This has been an awesome day..

And it was because of several women..most of which I do not know. And one I know very well.

My daughter-in-law Rachael and son Jeff.


... came over today so Jeff and Mr. B could work on Jeff's trailer.  They are building a bed platform-thingy {that's the technical term} so when they take it camping, behind his beloved Jeep..they can sleep protected and warm.

Well, protected is relative to the situation, I guess.  Protected from sun and probably most rain, but not to much from bears or short-armed dinosaurs..it's canvas..


Anyway..Rachael accepted my invite to go see"The Help"..a movie most of you have seen and that Rachael actually wanted to see but figured Jeff wouldn't want to..after he told her he didn't..


As for Mr. B..he said he would, but somehow I think he was saying that more for me than a real desire to see it.
{their loss by the way..if any of you haven't seen it..it's wonderful..}

Thus, my day with women I'd never {probably} meet, but admire both in their real lives {for portraying the fictional characters of the book so well} and the characters so vividly brought to life by Katheryn Stockett in her debut novel, The Help..strong, loving, smart, wonderful souls..



Afterward, Rachael asked if we could stop at Costco..somewhere I usually never go {Mr. B does all the shopping} and most definitely wouldn't have ventured to on a Saturday afternoon, but I thought, "well why not..

And I'm really glad I did for that's where I ran into another woman I had never met, Chris Hall..author of Conversations with a Moonflower..

She was there at a book signing and was having a conversation with some people I think she knew when I felt the need to pick up her book and thumb through it.

It is a small book and not like the usual books I read, but something drew me to it.



As the others left and I met Ms. Hall, I started listening to her like I had known her.. for a long time.

As she spoke of the Amish { a very important detail in} the book , I shared with her I had recently been there myself and loved it .. 

I asked if she would sign a book for me, then asked if Rachael could take a photo of us together..she did and Rachael did..and I walked away with my book and a packet of Moonflower seeds Chris had  given me.

Later tonight, after we said good bye to Rachael & Jeff, I started reading the small book.  And I immediately felt a sense of something important was in this tiny book..

I have ADD and it's not likely I'll stick with something, even a book that I like, for more than a few pages.

I was so immersed in her message that I suddenly was on  the final page.  Hmmm..
I don't want to reveal what I think will be a personal message to anyone who reads this, so I'll just say this...

You need to get this book and read it.  Like soon.  It's at Costco, so there's really no reason not to get it.  It's available and even though it's at Costco, you don't need to buy six..

You may though 'cos Christmas is coming up and you'll want to share this.

So go.  Buy it.  And let me know if it affects yo the way it did me.

Thanks Christine, for speaking to my thoughts with  your words.


Like I said, this has been an awesome day, filled with women I don;t know (but really, I do) and one that was gifted to our family when she married my son.

Thanks Rachael, Katheryn Stockett, the lovely actresses from The Help, and to Chris Hall, for making me listen.

-me

16 comments:

ain't for city gals said...

Sometimes it takes a village and we don't even know it..hurray for awesome days like this!...

auntie12 said...

"Conversations With A Moon Flower"... What a delightful name for a book!

And there really are Moon Flowers? More delight.

We just don't go to the theater to see films anymore. Not unless it's something like the last "Twilight" one(two). Since I've followed the book and film Saga, I'll go to those films, but not the first weekend. (Did First Weekend of first "Twilight" film, with Grands)

What a lovely picture that is, of your son and daughter in law. Just lovely.

"Auntie"

Vee said...

Ain't serendipity grand? Now I must go see that movie and if I should run into that book along the way...

just call me jo said...

Yes, that was serendipitous--such a nice term. You should have been named Serendipity--it suits you. You are so sparkly and wonderful in your sweet spirit.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

I love how you put this post together. The Help was so good. I even bought the hardcover after I saw it so I could have it for my collection. So glad you saw it. Darn!!! I was just at Costco Thursday evening. I guess I have to go back. Sounds very interesting. Hope your having a nice weekend.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

I did a google search and there is a sweet video to watch.
http://conversationswithamoonflower.com/

Manuela@A Cultivated Nest said...

You make the book sound so intriguing that I'll have to look for it. Sounds like a wonderful day!

Pen Pen said...

We saw the movie last week and LOVED It. My husband didn't want to go, but was glad he did... I think I heard him 'sniffle' a time or two!!

Laurie said...

OK, I need to see the movie. I hope it's still here. And the book sounds like I'll have to check it out, you make it intriguing! What a great post Colleen, enjoy the rest of your holiday!

Vicki/Jake said...

I saw it last weekend with a friend from Fountain Green. We both shed a tear...or three. Now I'll have to go see if I can find the book. I'm probably 500 miles from a Costco :)
Glad you had such nice friends to spend the day with, specially the one you'll do it with again. Take care my friend...

lori vliegen said...

it sounds like you had an awesome, awesome day!!! i love it when that happens!! it's amazing to me how many people speak to us when we're willing to keep our ears......and hearts.....open to it!! thanks for your thoughts about the book....i'll look for it! xoxo

nana_ang_poppaphil said...

What a great post. I have heard of the movie and understand it is worth seeing,I will try and get the
Converstaion with a Moonflower before I leave for home, it will make for a good read on the plane.

lifeinredshoes said...

Loved the book loved the movie! And I have seen the author and the book but was hesitant to buy. That will taken care of tomorrow :)

Sharon said...

Now you have me planning a trip to Costco. I shall use tunnel vision right to the books, passing the nuts, chocolate and cheeses, etc.... Yes I will!

Ruth P. said...

how cool!

Melinda Cornish said...

I am going to look and see if they have it for a kindle.....thanks for the reccomend!