One of all time favorite past times has always been to read a good book. Unfortunately, over the last several years, I have fallen away from this favorite routine. Yesterday, I decided to remedy that cold and hard fact and settled in for a long afternoon of good old fashioned reading. But, my long afternoon turned into a three in the morning ordeal; I just couldn’t put this book down!
Mattie was never truly mine. That knowledge must have filled me as quickly and surely as the milk from her breasts. Although my family ‘owned’ her, although she occupied the center of my universe, her deepest affections lay elsewhere. So along with the comfort of her came the fear that I would lose her some day.
Yellow Crocus, written by Laila Ibrihim, takes place in the South during the 1800s. This book is a love story about two strong women, Mattie and Lisbeth. Mattie is a slave that loves and watches over Lisbeth, the white child of her master. Mattie is forced to leave her infant in the care of family members, so she can nurse and comfort the newborn child of her owner. Although torn from her family, the woman bonds with baby Lisbeth and the two unite as a family of their own.
Over the years, Lisbeth’s devotion to Mattie may be observed as she begins to discover Mattie’s strength, her love for her family, and her faith in God. In return, Mattie showers this child with love and affection; a gift the little girl desperately desires since sentiment and tenderness are seriously lacking within her own family.
Mattie influences and shapes the woman that Lisbeth becomes as the young women shakes off the illusions of slavery in the Antebellum South. The reader witnesses the liberation of both women in this story of hope, triumph, and the undeniable power of just loving one another.