A Retired Professor

Before We Were Yours

Two weeks of physical therapy and more to come.  The doctor gave me a shot in my knee yesterday and said it would hurt “a bit”!  Yes it did but it got worse as the day wore on so I propped my leg up on the couch, poured a glass of wine for medicinal purposes and finished this wonderful, moving, sad at times book, Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate.

It’s hard to believe that children could be taken from unsuspecting parents and the parents were told the children would be safe until the parents could get on their feet financially.  However, the children lived in The Memphis Tennessee Children’s Home Society under deplorable conditions.  Their names were changed so parents couldn’t track them down and they were adopted out for large sums of money.  All of this really happened from the 1920’s through 1950.  It’s a powerful story about family and the ties that bind them.  As the character May says, “A woman’s past need not predict her future.  She can dance to new music if she chooses.  Her own music.”  The sisters in this story did just that.  Their tale is one that will stay with me for a long time.

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