I love when stuff like this happens in the garden. I had transplanted a bougainvillea ‘bambino’ into this pot because it never did well after I planted it in the garden (the roots can be delicate and sometimes don’t transplant easily). I wanted to try and save the plant so I put the bougainvillea in a random pot of dirt I had sitting in a side yard. I moved it to a slightly different location and a little out of the way because it is a tacky plastic pot. The bougainvillea died (look closely and you can see the dead stalk in front of the green leaf), and then unexpectedly these great leaves of a different plant start growing! I’m not certain but it looks like a variegated calla lily. Now I can’t wait to see what will bloom!
Great read! This novel by Kathryn Stockett offers a look inside the relationships between white families and their black maids in 1962 in Jackson, Mississippi. It is a touching and sometimes laugh out loud account of three women—Skeeter, Aibileen and Minny—who courageously decide to write about the good, the bad and the ugly of these relationships in an era when it was extremely risky to do so. Aibileen is my favorite—uneducated perhaps, but definitely a smart, strong woman who has cared for 17 white children, and an excellent role model. Some of her relationships with the children are stronger than the maternal bond. After I finished the novel, I found myself still wanting to read about these women and wondering what happened to them since the close of the book.
This is Stockett’s first novel. Apparently she was born to write it; the author was born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi and had a close relationship with her own family maid. She acknowledges that “I don’t presume to think that I know what it really felt like to be a black woman in Mississippi” but she obviously has insight into the rules and boundaries between white women and their black help. She is also an excellent writer. I’m sure this story will be a movie.
I revisited Chocolat in Hillcrest (see last week’s post) and I am hooked! The Taleggio and pear panini is deliciously warm and gooey with thinly sliced pears, spinach, roasted candied walnuts and Gorgonzola cheese. I didn’t know Taleggio is an Italian cheese but now I’m in love with it. And I am in love with this little bistro. Okay, and I confess—I tasted the pistachio gelato—yum!