The Dew Breaker by Edwidge Danticat

One thing that brings me a great amount of pleasure is reading. Most of the year I allow the bizillion things I have going on get in the way of reading for fun. Seriously for most of the school year I only read things related to work and that includes a huge amount of torturous essays ;P Well another perk of my trip to Maine was finding a moment to read. I read this great little book about Haiti and the time of Papa Doc Duvalier. I will say that my connection to Haiti and the plight of Haitians is limited; however, I do remember the fall of the Baby Doc Empire when I was in school. The biggest thing that I got from reading the book was that there is duality in people....rarely are people all good or all bad. Also after they atone or change where do they fit in? Can you truly forgive yourself for your past and what do you gain from forgiving others? A very thought provoking little book.

My connection to the text: I really struggle with forgiveness. I mean, I can and do hold grudges. So I say all of this to say, how do you forgive people? Is it easy? Difficult. Have you had an aha moment about forgiveness. Seriously let me know what works. I am all for bettering myself and your way could be the breakthrough I need :)


  1. I like that you were able to appreciate the book so fully and make a text to self connection ;) I find it very easy to forgive people -- to a fault. Unless someone is a repeat offender, I try not to let past issues get in the way of future interactions. Not sure that's at all helpful...

  2. I think most people don't realize that you are holding the grudge unless you see them frequently and make it a point to treat them as such! ;) When you think of it that way, it's like never cleaning out your temp files on a computer! It just bogs you down. But you can run faster and more efficiently if you let those grudges go! I think it's a hard one for anyone, but the fact that you are looking at it, puts you a step in front of most! :)

  3. @Beeps-great advice!
    @ Tori- good pt. about people not knowing :) Love the analogy, I so get it!!