The Far Pavilions

The Far Pavilions is one of my mom’s favorite books. I have been looking for a complete copy for her for years.

My favorite places to “travel” have been Victorian London (time traveling is nice too!), Nigeria, Botswana, Australia, New York City, Paris, I could go on and on. I recommend the book Purple Hibiscus. A great read and I learned so much about Nigeria, a place I knew little about before.

My comment yesterday on Arts, Crafts, Food and Things.

Let me begin by saying that this morning has been a difficult one.  A friend of our family, one who was like another daughter to my parents, passed away due to complications in childbirth.  She never got to hold her lovely baby daughter, who was born Sunday.  We are all heartbroken.

When I heard my mother’s voice on the phone last night when she gave me the news, even though it was the middle of the night, I knew I had to see her.  I wouldn’t have been able to sleep if I didn’t.  She gave me a long hug when I came through the door.  I knew she needed to see her daughter’s face.  I can’t time travel and change things, but I can make things easier for her, even if it’s just for a few moments.

And that’s what books do.  They immerse us in new places and time periods, give us a brief respite from our pain.  So I’m going to send my mom on a vacation. India, via The Far Pavilions, a sweeping epic story.  A favorite of hers that she used to check out of the library month after month when I was a kid.  I finally found it after years of searching.  I thought it was out of print forever.  It should be here soon.

I hope you enjoy your vacation, Mom.  I love you.

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12 comments on “The Far Pavilions

  1. roxysmama says:

    Very touching…I often wish I could still hear my mother’s voice on the phone and hug her and be there for one another. It sounds like you have a special bond.

  2. Annie says:

    This got me teary-eyed… beautiful. I can feel the depth of your connection with your mother. I’m sure she would very, very happy that you got her the book.

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  3. Colette B says:

    Very sorry to read of such tragic event and your family’s loss. But what a wonderful thing to do for your mom. Lovely idea and a beautiful post. Sincere condolences and my very Best wishes 🙂

  4. Jackie says:

    So very sorry, Jenn. I’m so glad you found the book. Where, by the way? (I looked for you also, and didn’t see it anyplace!)

  5. Very touching, but so sad — I’m sorry for your loss.

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