Over the past few weeks, we have been enjoying the book, Bessie's Pillow, from Strong Learning, Inc. It's wonderful tale of a young woman as she immigrates to the United States during the early 1900's. Bessie's Pillow was a perfect book for us since we were heading into this important time period in our history lessons.
Bessie does deliver the pillow to the handsome young, Nathan Dreizen. They become friends and eventually get marry. The majority of the chapters in the book deal with her life with Nathan and their children. I don't want to give too much away, but Nathan and Bessie are faced with many struggles and hardships as they learn to live in America. Many of the hardships are things we face today money issues, housing problems, difficulties raising children, and death. All throughout Bessie's journey and life, she amazes me with her constant spirit. No matter what life throws at her, she is ready and willing to meet it head on. She may struggle at first, but she pulls herself together and becomes even stronger. She is truly an amazing woman, an inspiration to us all.
Bessie reminds me of my grandmothers. During their lives, they experienced so many ups and downs, but they never lost sight of what was important...family. I miss both of them tremendously. Reading Bessie's story, I could easily see my grandmothers in her. A daughter of an Irish immigrant and an Italian immigrant. I look back at what women like Bessie and my grandmothers had to face and I think they were made of different stock. They seem so much stronger than us today. The struggles and the heartache they experienced. The fears and challenges they faced shaped them into the amazing woman they were.
Woman like Bessie are true ladies....strong, loving, and caring. These are the woman we need to admire. Woman that work hard, but do it with class. These woman are the role models are young daughters need to learn about and look up to.
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