"Noah was a brave man to sail in a wooden boat with two termites." - Anonymous

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Flight of the Dragonfly

Recently I finished reading Flight of the Dragonfly by Melissa Hawach. It chronicles her experiences bringing her daughters home from war-torn Lebanon after they were taken there by their father, her estranged husband.

Melissa and her partner are aquaintances of my parents, so we watched and prayed from the sidelines of this ordeal, hoping for news, any news, as the weeks went on. Every night we held our children tight with teary eyes, so grateful and thankful that they were safe at home. And finally, we cried tears of joy when Melissa and her family returned home and got down to trying to obtain some semblance of normalcy.

I highly recommend it. Especially to mothers and fathers. It's quite easy to read in a literary sense, but you will laugh, cry, love and hate through all its pages.

And you will never look at a dragonfly in the same way again.

5 comments:

Tracey said...

You say you know the author? That always makes the story so personal.

You started back to work, right? How's that going?

Debbie said...

Tracey:

I've met Melissa once, but I've met her partner many times. They both work at a golf course my parents belong to.

Not back at work yet...one more full week of leave and I'm back on July 7th. Eeep!

Kristi said...

Wow. What a fascinating and heartbreaking tale. I'm going to add it to my list of "must-read" books.

Maya said...

I'll have to add that to my book list.

Mimi said...

Wow. I've been following her story in the paper, and the book reviews, and she seems so strong and yet ... so *reasonable*. It's inspiring.