Saturday, November 21, 2009
I'm Back! I've Missed You!
Five days later and I am officially out of my pajamas. You know how comfy they are anyway and when you're a little under the weather, there's just no better comfort. I've slept a lot, let people wait on me, eaten whatever I've wanted, and finally this morning I got dressed, put up my hair, put on makeup, and took a drive with my husband, stopping for a bite of lunch. Normal days are so delicious.
While I've been resting I read the book, My Favorite Wife by Susan Ray Schmidt. It's subtitled Trapped In Polygamy and is a true story that took place in the early 1970s. I won't tell you too much in case you want to read it but Susan married two weeks after she turned 15 and had 5 children by age 25. Her experiences as the sixth wife of one man, and as a young mother living in abject poverty away from her family, leave your mouth hanging open and your eyes wide.
I've seen a lot of documentary type programs on polygamy where large families live together in a huge, well appointed home in a compound setting. With jobs evenly distributed among the sister wives and everyone being cared for, it has always seemed an unusual way of life but one that has worked for some people. This true story gave me another view of fanatical polygamy....and made me once again extremely thankful for life as I know it.