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On the Bookshelf

On the Bookshelf

Sep 28, 2011

The worth of a book is to be measured by what you can carry away from it. 

~James Bryce




Read a good book lately from your bookshelf (or maybe your kindle)?  Share it with us.

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I recently read The Help and then saw the movie.  Being from the South, it brought back many memories of my childhood and being raised by a wonderful loving lady named Lillie Mae.  She had an incredible impact on my life, my growth and my faith.  She is 90 years old and is still with and has been a part of our family now for 65 years.  In fact, we are giving her a 90th birthday party in December!

She is an example of someone with an incredible work ethic and I call her a survivor.  She came into our life when my mother needed help and we came into her life when she needed help with a job.  As a child I didn’t fully understand the extent of the racially charged era that surrounded me in the deep south.  I was taught to treat everyone equal and it was hard as a child to understand why there were water fountains for the “colored”.  It stirred a lot inside of me as I watched the movie and it was hard to believe that Jim Crow laws really existed.  I will always struggle with this part of our history in the South but I do know that I was blessed to have an amazing second mom who loved me and my sisters dearly and we loved and still love her so much.  Share your reviews and thoughts in the reply box below.


  1. Rajean Shepherd /

    I loved your story about Lillie Mae and the impact she had upon your life. What a special lady & what a wonderful celebration it will be in December for her 90th birthday!! I, too, loved the movie & book, “The Help.”

    • I just wonder why Lillie never showed us how to slide down the stairs? I guess that was just for grandchildren!

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