Our Sum Total is Greater Than Our Parts

I’ve been studying up on Zelda Fitzgerald for about a week now. I’m watching “Z, the Beginning of Everything” on Amazon. Yesterday, I started listening to Zelda’s book Save me the Waltz, too.

What a mess her relationship with her husband was. They were both writers, but he was supposed to be the ‘real’ one. She was the flake of a failure in Scott’s own words, ‘third-rate ballet dancer, third-rate writer’. And BTW, ouch, if that’s how your number one fan in life describes you, who needs enemies?!

Did she plagiarize his idea of plagiarizing¬†her life? He USED HER JOURNAL for Pete’s sake! And after all those years of being his muse, she got her own book published and he couldn’t even be happy for her? Why couldn’t he just let her have her book? Warts and all, at least it was a success in her own right. The reviews from the critics were harsh, but something tells me if just her own husband would have been happy for her…

Index card notes, so far? She spent too much money. They were both vain and messy. Partied to the point of destruction. Caused mayhem everyplace they went. Had affairs and then possibly made up affairs for conflict and drama. Oh, and Zelda hated Hemingway because she was dead-set he was homosexual and having a secret affair with her husband. :O

I’m 6 episodes in with the TV series. One entire paperback. Half of an audiobook. And through with the planning of a visit to the museum in Montgomery…and I still can’t decide if these ridiculous people are worthy of my attention or not. What a mess. ūüôā


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God says we need to love our enemies.

It hard to do. 

But it can start by telling the truth. 

No one had ever asked me what it feel like to be me. 

Once I told the truth about that, I felt free. 

-Aibileen, The Help

I’m spending time with Minny, Skeeter, Celia, and Aibileen again tonight.

The Help is one of my all-time favorite movies. Some people accused it of being ‘just another movie about a little white girl swooping in and saving the day’, but as far as I’m concerned, if that’s what they thought, they didn’t pay attention to the film or the book at all. Skeeter wasn’t the heroine. She was one of them, for sure, but not the only or even main.

Minny and Celia’s friendship is to this day one of the best ever created. The way Aibileen talks to Mae Mobley (especially¬†at the end) breaks my heart every time. I don’t know how anyone watched without being moved–you get super-duper ticked off, you fall in love,¬† there’s humor, you fear for the characters, you’re proud of their triumphs, and when their hearts break, yours will too.

Trailer below, just in case.

All for now.


PS: I couldn’t credit the quote graphic above because I found it on a search engine with no proper credits while working on something completely different and that’s what sent me on this particular journey. ūüėČ

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