Well, I did it. I finished Heart of the Matter by Emily Giffin in less than a week. I had heard mixed reviews about this book so I wasn’t sure what to expect. I have to say that although I don’t think it was her best book, I enjoyed it. She just has a way of writing that pulls you in. This book made me laugh out loud, shed a few tears, and lose a good nights sleep. You see, I wasn’t ready for bed at midnight when I was done with my to-do list, so I decided to do a little reading (last night). Three hours later I finished the book. The first 100 pages were a little blah to me. Easy to get through, but I didn’t have the “I can’t put this book down” feeling. About half way through the book the plot went in the direction I expected and I could not put the book down. I wanted to see so badly how the story would end and what was going to happen next.
Although I didn’t learn a life lesson from this book, it’s story I’ve heard before. There are so many women who all they want is to be married, a mother and a housewife. Now, please don’t take this the wrong way. I wanted all of those things and look forward to the day I become a mother. But that is not ALL I want out of life. I feel I have a greater purpose and know one day I will find out what it is. A few years ago I was speaking with someone going through a divorce. We were talking about how things had gotten to this point. She told me that she spent so much time doing everything for everyone else, she lost herself in the mist of it. Each day the kids were dressed, fed, off to school, the house was cleaned, dinner was made and on the table when her husband got home. She did it all but it was a routine each and every day, waiting on everyone hand and foot. The same thing over and over. Her husband expected this each day and never did any of the cleaning, laundry and so forth because she never asked for his help. She felt that since she was the one at home, it was her job. After some time the love of doing it all turned into resentment. After a while she decided she wanted to go back to school and become a teacher. She thought this would fill the void she was missing. Unfortunately, her husband didn’t feel the same way. There is much more to this story, but I think you get the point. In order for one to be happy and fulfilled, one has to know what makes them happy. Some women think men will make them happy, being married will make them happy, but happiness can’t depend on anyone else. You have to be able to be happy with who you are first and foremost. It takes two people to make a marriage work, two people who know who they are and what they want out of life.
I was a little apprehensive about posting this because I didn’t want anyone to take it the wrong way. After debating for about an hour, I said the heck with it. It’s my blog and this is what I think! Plus…it completely relates to the book. Which I recommend you all reading!
PS. I went out this morning to walk the dogs and to my surprise my flowers from yesterday already started to bloom!! WOO HOO!!
I have no idea what book I’m going to read next. Any recommendations??