Published by Penguin on May 24th 2016
Format: Audiobook, eBook
Source: Library, Purchase
Goodreads | Afiliate link: AmazonI recently read Karen White’s latest novel, Flight Patterns, and if you’ve been around awhile, then you know I’m a huge fan of this author’s work. I always expect a well-written story that will captivate me and leave me smiling in the end; this one didn’t disappoint. Flight Patterns is about learning to go home again, atonement, and rebinding family ties. Filled with metaphoric lessons for life, Southern flair, and a most beautiful prose, Karen White easily manages to show just how complex humans can be and how very much we are all like the honey bee. Flight Patterns is a rare gem I can wholeheartedly recommend as one of Karen White’s best to date.
Don’t you think some things are unforgivable?
It’s not really about forgiveness, is it? It’s about power. When you let your hurt from the past control you, you’re tied to it forever. You’ll never change your life until you learn to let go of the things that once hurt you.
Sometimes all we need to do to forgive our parents, is to understand their own childhoods.
When I was growing up and still today, honey and molasses were and have always been staples in the kitchen and served much in the same way at breakfast, lunch, and supper. Honey over cornbread, honey mixed with butter over biscuits, honey in oatmeal, honey on toast, and the list of deliciousness goes on and on.
In many Asian and Middle Eastern cultures, bees represent a human soul and their journey on earth. An emblem of rebirth, determination, and willpower. Due to fact that a bee’s body is too large in comparison to the size of its wings – they should not be able to fly.
I have an uncle who raised bees for the honey and a co-worker who actually won a bee-hive in a contest. She was unsure as to whether or not she should accept the prize because these are stinging creatures, after all. But, the reward in watching them work and their bounty of honey to enjoy make it all worth while, don’t you think? Of course, even in protective gear, my uncle has a few bee stings to brag about, but there is nothing like fresh honey on cornbread, so it’s all in the love, right?
The past can’t be changed, but it can be accepted. Pull up your big girl pants and move on.
This is a recipe that’s easy enough to prepare and is the perfect summertime plate to share with your book club while discussing Flight Patterns. I’m taking along a bowl of this salad with me to Cades Cove today to enjoy while watching the deer romp through the fields. Bon Appétit!