Who else has been reading a lot lately? I was fortunate enough to come across an excellent book that I just haven’t been able to put down! You can say I’ve been in a reading fury for the past day or so.
A few years ago I got into this addictive habit of buying Barnes and Noble
sale books online. For me, there’s nothing better than finding a fantastic book for a fraction of its cover price and since B&N offers free shipping if your order totals more than $25, this habit has become more habitual than I think I’d care to admit.
One of the books I purchased in my last buying frenzy was Mayada, Daughter of Iraq: One Woman’s Survival Under Saddam Hussein. If you’ve been looking for one good thing that’s come out of the Iraq war, without a doubt, it’s that Saddam Hussein no longer holds reign over the Iraqi people. After reading this book, I know that for sure.
Mayada, who was a former Iraqi aristocrat was imprisoned in one of the brutal, filthy, spirit-crushing jails in Iraq. It was absolute hell, to say the very least. So bad, in fact, that for the first days after reading this book I had nightmares about being trapped and trying to escape from somewhere dark — somewhere I didn’t want to be.
One of the ladies whose story Mayada tells was imprisoned along with her infant child. After a few days, her baby cried incessantly due to hunger, but the mother hadn’t breastfed him so she couldn’t feed him at all. After days of non-stop crying the prison guards took the baby away to the mother’s horror and she didn’t know what happened to him. It was a safe bet that they had killed the baby. Although dire, deadly circumstances were at hand and hindsight was futile, I know this mother wished she had breastfeed her child after its birth and hadn’t opted to use formula.
We are blessed to live in a free country, with abundant choices and opportunities. Books like this remind me how fortunate I am to be a mother living in 2007 in the United States. Despite some of my criticisms about this country, I am thrilled to have been a mother who could breastfeed, wear my babies in a sling, cuddle them and just love them without the fear of being wrongly accused and imprisoned for no reason. I am a grateful mother.
What have you been reading lately?
Oh, almost forgot…here’s a new breastfeeding book slated for release this month.