Though I couldn't relate with too much and didn't agree with all of the author's parenting choices, I did find some profit in this book. Sometimes her sarcasm seemed slightly mean, though I'm sure she only meant to be funny, and I got a few laughs/smiles from the stories. It also made me appreciate the complexities and strength mothers must have if they are to be good mothers (even if it's slightly scary). It also ended on a positive, sweet note, which is good.
Sparkly Green Earrings by Melanie Shankle is her memoir of motherhood thus far. Within its 27 chapters, Melanie takes us from the decision to have a child to her daughter's eighth birthday. She covers sleepless nights, preschool challenges, sandbox socialization, and why road trips are worth the effort. As I laughed and, sometimes, empathized, my way through each chapter, I often had to agree, "Yesâ€”that's just the way it is."
If you're preparing for motherhood or deep in the trenches of child rearing, you'll find comfort in Melanie's stories, knowing others have been through it, too. Sparkly Green Earrings will help you see the humor, hope, and joy. And, if you've already grown through the early years, this book will bring back treasured memories as you giggle with another mother who has been there and done that.
Warning: Do not drink anything while reading this book. You'll be reading, and all of a sudden, in the middle of a paragraph, you'll bust out laughing.
I loved reading Sparkly Green Earrings. Melanie Shankle brings humor and nuggets of simple wisdom into the topic of motherhood. Her writing is honest and real. If she and I lived next door to one another, we'd be best friends (and so would our husbands). Oh how much to have in common!
I highly recommend this memoir. By the time you finish reading, you'll be saying, "Oh. So I'm NOT the only one." And it'll be a book you'll pick up again and again just to remind yourself that.