The Help

Last night I finished reading one of the most thought-provoking books that I have read in a while — “The Help” by Kathryn Stockett.

As you probably know, it was turned into an award-winning movie, which I haven’t yet seen.  I wanted to read the story first before seeing the movie.

And yet, I almost didn’t finish reading it.  The material was hard to read.  I was raised to believe that all people are created equal — no matter the color of their skin — so to read so much about people being treated poorly and like less of a person because they looked different was disturbing.

But, the sad fact is that this was a terrible part of our country’s history.  As much as I don’t like it, it did happen.  I suppose the best thing to do is to learn from mistakes like this so we don’t repeat them.

And, the other thing is to teach the next generation — like my son and his cousins — that all people are created equal and can be your friend. And, more importantly that all people have value and are worth knowing and spending time with.

I have been fortunate in my life to have friends of a variety of races, religions, and walks of life.  It has been amazing to learn the different things about them, but to also realize that we are very similar in the things that truly matter.

I did like seeing the strong female characters in this book.  And, ones who were willing to stand up for something that mattered to them.  That is something encouraging and interesting and did allow me to become truly engrossed in this novel.

Another thing is that ordinary people are capable of extraordinary things.  A new concept does matter and can make amazing changes in people’s lives.

I am curious if you read this book or have seen the movie, what your thoughts were about it.  Please share them with me and the other readers.

I can’t help but wonder what Minny, Aibilene, the other maids in this story, Skeeter, and the real maids who lived at this time would think about our current president.  Definitely something to think about.