I don't know if you have ever noticed, but at the top of my blog in the header, there are the words empty nest...full heart...full life. When starting my blog, those words just seemed to fit the theme I was going for and describe my life. Imagine my surprise, when my daughter Melissa had this pretty plaque made for me as a Christmas gift. She took the words from my blog and found a site on Etsy. These kinds of gifts, that show how much you are noticing the little things about someone, are so special.
While I have been reading, I couldn't really recall any really good books that I have read lately. Then I remembered that right before Christmas I read Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline. This is the story of the trains that would travel from New York to the Midwest in the early 1900's. These trains would be filled with orphans looking for hard working Midwestern familes that would be willing to adopt a child. It is the story of one girl and the hardship she endured before finding a family of her own. Of course, being the book nerd that I am, I did some research after reading the novel and found this to be based on true events. There were no background checks and many of the children were placed in deplorable conditions. Many became little more than servants or farm workers. Do you do that too - delve into the actual history of the books you read?
Downton Abbey was definately a shock this week. I have been reading a lot of reviews and recaps of the episode and while I understand the anger towards the writers, I don't think this is out of the norm for the show. There have been other shocking events throughout the series, including the act that made Cora suffer a miscarriage. And, if you look at this in strictly historical context, this would have played out exactly as portrayed. This was not an unknown occurrence in a house of that size and the shame and judgement a women of Anna's class would have felt, caused her to keep it a secret. She most likely would have been blamed.