04-20-2007 03:27 PM
Kris and Monique grew to be very close friends, yet they came from radically different backgrounds and faced many barriers (racial, language, cultural, educational).
What do you think makes these rare connections possible?
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05-02-2007 06:37 PM
Kristen in Sacramento
05-02-2007 09:41 PM
You're right - there is so much that is common to the experience of being a woman, regardless of race, culture, language or class.
And yes, having kids certainly changed my perspective. I admire Monique's strengths even more. I understand why she was ferocious in demanding her children go to school. Why she ensured that women be allowed to take birth control and have kids when they wanted them. Why she worked day and night to help bring babies in the world in as safe a way as possible. As a mother now, I can imagine (in a morbid worst-case scenario kind of way) what it would feel like to lose a child. It would be earth-shattering. As you know from reading the book, almost two in five children die before they reach the age of five in Mali. I don't think I knew the depth of love Monique had for the children and mothers in her care, or the depth of suffering she felt when she lost one of them. She kept at it, and I have deep respect for that.
Do you have kids? And, if so, do you think it affected how you experienced Monique's world?
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