Thursday, September 22, 2011

Good Endings & New Beginings! by DL Larson

I'm happy to share good news that my sister is recovering from her heart attack! She is one tough and very special lady and will be back to "normal" very soon. As for my daughter, she managed to worry my family profoundly and bless us endlessly with a baby boy ~ born just yesterday afternoon. Baby was a hefty 8 lbs. 10 oz. and 22 inches long and rather unwilling to be born. He is finally here, healthy and beautiful, cone-head and all! His name .... well, we're waiting to hear. I call him precious baby!

In the midst of these last stressful weeks, I was asked to critique a children's book. called, "14 Cows for America." It too explains tragedy and the goodness that comes despite the devastation of disaster. The author, Carmen Agra Deedy, wrote a moving story about a Kenyan village and their extraordinary gift to America after the 911 attack.

Kimeli wins a scholarship to study in the U.S. He witnesses the attack in New York and sees how police officers and firemen risk their own lives to help others. He wants to help America too. He learned as a child "to heal a sorrowing heart, give something that is dear to your own." Kimeli returns to his Kenyan village and tells his people what he intends to do. He wants to give America one of his most prized possesions, a cow. The village cows are the most important commodity they own. The villagers hear the story of the two towers toppling and the sadness of America.

An American diplomat visits the village, expecting to meet a few people and accept the cow as a token of friendship. He is greeted by hundreds of people who want to share in the sorrow the United States suffered. Not one cow, but fourteen are given in friendship.

The story ends with a simple, yet poignant statement, "Because there is no nation so powerful it cannot be wounded, nor a people so small they cannot offer mighty comfort."

I highly recommend this children's story to those interested in talking about friendship, hardships and how the rest of the world was affected by 911.

We may not always get the "happy ending" we wish for, but I pray goodness will always prevail, whether with families or nations.

Til next time ~

DL Larson


Morgan Mandel said...

Glad to hear your sister is doing well, DH. I'm also happy to hear about the new baby. You'll have to fill us in on the name when you find out!

It's a wonder you found time to do a review. The 14 cows book sounds heartening.

Morgan Mandel

June said...

Congrats on "Precious Baby" and can't wait to hear what his name is!

Sorry to hear about your sister, but glad she is doing better.

14 Cows sounds like just the book my daughter should read. She was just turning 3 when the attacks happened and has no memory of them, however they have been reading a lot about it in school and has been very upset about it. This might help her, so thanks for the review.


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Deb Larson said...

I'm glad everything has turned out good!! Precious baby has a name - yeah!! He is Van Larson Kenney. Such a big, strong name for a wee one.
June- I bought the book on - it took over a week to get it, but I think it is well worth the wait.
Thanks all for your good wishes and for stopping by.
DL Larson

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