By Jennifer Debenham
However, it also makes me ponder, with tremendous gratitude, the blessing it is to be a woman in America, at this time of the world. Never mind such things as running water (I can't imagine giving up my hot shower) and refrigeration. Even the poorest in America today live greater than the richest did then.
Though women don't enjoy equality everywhere in the world today, in many countries, and in America in particular, we have so much for which to be grateful. Soon we will celebrate our Independence from Great Britain, but this 4th of July I'm also celebrating the fact that I have so many freedoms that so few people in the history of the world have enjoyed, regardless of gender. At one point in the story, Joan is given a classical book of Greek literature by her tutor, an object few people at the time ever hoped to own. She treasures this book more than anything she possesses. She reads it over and over, so grateful to have those precious words on the page.
As I glance over my teetering pile of books on my nightstand, pondering which of the many will be my next adventure, I realize I often take my life for granted. It's nice to have reminders in the form of holidays or a well-written book to enlighten us to new or forgotten insights.
And it's nice to think that something one of us may write one day may bring a similar insight to one of our readers.
Here's to hoping you all have a wonderful Independence Day and a summer filled with great reading and writing!