the Soul: Stories of Great Black Parents and the Lives They Gave Us
by Phyllis Y. Harris will give parents an insight into how their children think of them as people, adults and parents.
The stories in this book are as diverse as the lives we live. By that,
I mean they are stories of children who grew up dirt poor, middle class and upper class.
Even though, I could see a little bit of my husband and me as parents and my daughters as children in each and every
first story in this book discusses the loss of a mother by a little girl. The
little girl relates the last day she saw her mother alive. In that passage, the
little girl stated that she loved the smell of her mother she smelled like her favorite foods.
My daughters are always smelling me and saying how good I smell. I always
thought this was weird, but after reading this book, I can understand how comforting that could be to a child.
The second story discusses a son's
admiration of his father. It may seem strange to some, but in this story, I noticed
similarities of me to his mother. The son stated that his mother took her job
as a parent seriously. I am the parent that makes sure the house is clean, food
is on the table, clothes are washed, homework is completed etc. Because of all
this, I am unable to play with my daughters as much as they and I would like. My
husband, on the other hand, is the fun parent because he gets to watch movies, play basketball, etc. Just as this boy's father
was. The boy appreciated what both his parents gave him, as I am confident that
my daughters appreciate my husband and me.
I highly recommend this book to
every parent, not just black parents. The stories will give us all a great understanding
of parents and children relationships.
The Nubian Circle Book Club rating
for From the Soul: Stories of Great Black Parents and the Lives They Gave
Us is 5 out of 5 stars. We welcome your comments and thoughts about this
book review. Please e-mail us at this address: NubianCircleClub@aol.com.