March 2018 @ Marie’s (technically met in April)
– Missing Sue and Shelley, but full house otherwise…yay! Since they were traveling on the meeting date, we are due some fine bookmarks (Rule 67-#B2.34x).
- speaking of house… Kitty’s sold! So fast – including a quick-change to Family 2. Will Barry now stop ‘haunting’ the yard & stay put in their cute (tiny) condo?
- To better focus on PT and ‘life,’ Liz is transitioning out of The Writers Center exec. position: ‘happy to have done it & happy to be done’
- Karen C. juggling three jobs, mastering all (despite one boss’s quirky managerial style), and waiting to see which one comes up roses (or has fewest thorns)
- Marie prepping to launch Bootleg’s Deployment Care Package – details tba; Margaret is single & getting bad naming ‘advice’ from her MFA program; Daniel cruising along fine
- Karen S. relatively low on News, but just one photo of the Adorable Grand Boy (and Proud Papa on the side) says it all
- Viviane, Mary, and Katie – are we sublimely quiet or a bit boring???
- Maisie – very well behaved, especially when faced with the Oh, Dread Tin Trays & Pie Pans (or allowed to gnaw on treat-packed things and yummy bones). Good Dog.
The Book: Juniper – The Girl Who Was Born too Soon by Kelley & Thomas French
Katie picked it because:
- She heard an interview with one of the neonatologists and the medical aspects of such a young life (22 weeks at birth!) were fascinating.
- Read the book and was engrossed in the medicine and caregiving PLUS wanted to see if the parents (authors) told the story ‘straight’ or with any agenda.
- The phrase, “The baby will declare; follow the baby,” was so appealing to me and rather brilliantly conveyed.
- Bonus points to Harry Potter’s role…
- most everyone got very involved with how much they did not like the Frenches, esp. before they became parents – questionable morals, narcissism; one of us did not read past ~30 pages since they were so icky
- medical condition and symptoms were trying to read – some kept at it ONLY since they knew Katie picks ‘Disney endings’
- everyone maintained varying levels of suspicion about the French’s motives for writing the book but agreed they did an excellent job conveying the day-to-day highs and lows as well as the sweeping changes and medical brilliance involved
- luck, insight, the right expert reading Juniper at the right time, and miracles were all integral to the story and Juniper’s survival
- was Juniper in ‘too much’ pain? was it ‘too hard?’ maybe. or apparently not since she ‘had many chances to die’ and seemingly declared that she would not
- so many resources for one small life, is that a dilemma? all life is priceless AND so much expertise is gained for so many other patients when this kind of rare (but increasingly do-able) success occurs; also, no guarantee that a ‘normal’ birth will yield an ‘affordable’ or ‘low risk’ kid
- many of us wanted more Epilogue – is Juniper really thriving? without any significant learning or growth issues?
- See for yourself: she stars in Hermione Granger and the Midwestern Muggle Chickens (a very sophisticated family home movie).
- Young Juniper (in the starring role) has trouble saying ‘Rs’ and a few other blends and has some ‘goofy little kid’ about her, but her memory, physicality, and spell casting seem on par.
Next Book: Marie’s pick – Chemistry by Weike Wang
Next Meeting: at Viviane’s house, April date tbd