Over the weekend I read a children's book, The Kitchen Madonna.
It was a gift from a friend of my mom's, sent via Mom.
When I was a child, I loved a book called The Diddakoi, by Rumer Godden. It was about a gypsy girl, and I loved reading about her caravan and her love for horses as much as about her finding friendship and a caring family.
Mostly I loved the caravan.
The Kitchen Madonna is another Rumer Godden book.
What I loved most was how she portrayed the two children, one quiet and solitary, the other talkative and outgoing; how she suggested character with sample dialog (Gregory "might have said", or Janet "might have said"); but most of all, most especially, the absorbed, focused feeling of creating, the getting lost in making something, the desire to get it right and make something that will move someone you care about.
It was a lovely book, and I'm most appreciative to my mom and her friend for passing it along to me. If it weren't for the gift, I doubt I would have sought the book out on my own.