"God is the color of water. Water doesn't have a color."
Who has time to read?
Well, as a mother of four, I found time...
in between gymnastics meet, a few minutes before going to bed, waiting in the car while my child is taking piano lessons (that is if you’re not taking one of those power naps);
a few minutes here and there and before I knew it, I just read an entire book!
My children have a way of recommending what books to read. A few summers ago, I got hooked on Mitch Albom’s books.
And this year, my 15yo 10th grader recommended a reading material to me. James McBride’s “The Color of Water”.
It’s a story about a son and his mother – the challenges and joys of raising a family that is multi-racial.
This past Sunday, my oldest graduated from Rutgers. She's the first in her generation (2nd generation of Filipino-American immigrants) to graduate from college. And needless to say, I cried in numerous occasions. The President of the university commented that over 50% of the graduates are from immigrant families.
My parents and brothers would have loved to have witnessed that day, too.
Thanks you FaceBook and YouTube, even families in the Philippines were able to witness that special event.
When the class of 2011 stood up to be recognized, I had thought of my mother and the love and encouragement she had instilled in me and my 5 brothers.
"The Color of Water" is that story! It will help you understand why mothers do what they do: love, encouragement, persistence and hard work. ( I hope you'll get a chance to read it, too)
Here are a few of my favorite quotes from the book:
"The greatest gift that anyone can give anyone is LIFE. And the greatest sin a person can do is to take away that life. NEXT to that, all rules and religions in the worldare secondary, mere words and beliefs that people CHOOSE to believe and KILL and HATE by My life won't be lived that way, and neither, I hope, will my children's."