Monday, January 9, 2017

Caring for books, as Caroline cares for the baby

A primary goal I had since we began independent reading time was to read more books out of my comfort zone, which would be genres such as action books or nonfiction books.  Over the semester I have read a couple of books that were in those 2 genres.  I also had set a goal for myself to read 30 minutes or more every night. When we first began independent reading time I would have to admit I struggled with reading at all at night much less for 30 minutes.  Now that the semester is coming to an end I have been very good at reading for 30 minutes every night including the weekends.
          I have just recently finished my goal of reading 10 books, with the last book I read being The Memory Keeper's Daughter an AP book by Kim Edwards.  This book was one of the few books that I have read that has been an action book.  A part of the book that caught my eye was the beginning after the baby is firs born. Dr. David Henry, the father of the newborn boy and girl asks the nurse to take away the girl because of signs of down-syndrome.  The nurse, Caroline, obeys Dr. David Henry and takes the child away to a home but when she arrives she isn't able to give the child away and soon decides she is going to keep the baby girl and raise her.  On Caroline's way back home, her car battery dies and there is nothing near her that is open.  She begins banging on a door to see if there is anyone inside; then she turns around and a man is there offering to help. Caroline explains to the man, "my baby's crying . . . My car battery is dead. There's a phone right inside the front door but I cant get to it" (Edwards 227).  What stands out to me in this passage is not the fact that she is stuck in a situation where she has nowhere to go but the fact that she calls the baby her own.  Caroline telling the man that it is her baby shows that she will care for the baby, not because she has to but because she wants to; even with the fact that its going to be hard to keep this a secret from Dr. David Henry.  This part of The Memory Keeper's Daughter wonder if this happens in everyday life, and if people are ever put in situations where they either want to care for a baby that isn't theirs or don't want to accept their own baby because of birth defects.  It would be very difficult to ever give up a baby, yes it may be harder to raise a baby with down-syndrome but I would still love them and care for them, I will never be able to understand how someone would give up their baby.  Caroline reminds me of myself, with her kindness and care.     


1 comment:

  1. I enjoyed Kylie's response and I think she did a good job because she went the extra mile and connected the character to herself. She related the quote to herself and explained what she would do in the situation with good thought. Good job kylie! -Olivia Kahny