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The Grapes of Wrath: Chapters 21-22 May 20, 2007

Posted by Michelle in Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck.
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Ok, which of you mothers have breast fed while tending a fire and preparing breakfast and just how difficult was it?

Let’s all just take a collective sigh and share how relieved and excited we were that the Joads have finally cut a break and found some small pleasures and hope.

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1. Bethany - May 24, 2007

There is no way I could breast feed and do all that!!!!!!!!!!!! I got to hold the baby with one had and my big boob with the other. HA HA HA. 😉 Sorry if that is TMI. What a life. I am glad I am able to kick my feet up and read while I BF instead of tending fire and making breakfast.

I realize how spoiled I am reading this book. It has been very convicting to me. I have never suffered like that. Even now that they have arrived at this nice camp and are so excited about hot water and showers and toilets all I can think is it still is camping, not a permanent home. But it is nice to see them finally with some hope.

2. Michelle - May 24, 2007

yeah, i thought it was funny when the kids saw the toilet for the first time and thought they broke it. i actually remember the first time i encountered an automatic hand dryer in the burger king bathroom. i thought i broke it too ’cause it wasn’t shutting off. i was so afraid that i asked a lady in the stall and she was like ‘uh, it shuts off on it’s own’. haha. how embarrassing.

3. Heather - June 1, 2007

You are funny, Bethany! I’m right there with you! No free hands for me while BF either!

Michelle, your hand dryer memory reminds me of the first time I saw an automatic faucet. I stood there for a while trying to figure out how to turn the water on! 🙂

There’s a neat website to check out — http://www.weedpatchcamp.com — which has some history of the Arvin Federal government Camp that Steinbeck based Weedpatch on. I guess some of the old GOW movie was actually filmed there.

4. bethany3boys - June 4, 2007

Thanks for that link Heather!!

I went to the Getty and saw a Dorthea Lange photography exhibit I remember the Migrant Mother picture very vividly. In fact that is a picture I thought of while reading this book quite often. It is on the site you listed.


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