I almost didn’t read this book.
Sacred, by Elana K. Arnold, starts off with the death of Scarlett’s brother. After I’d moseyed through the first couple chapters of her acting out her grief through self-starvation and mutilation, I told Ben, “I don’t think this is a duckie book.” But when I put it down, it taunted me. I hate not finishing books, so I picked up and tried again.
When the handsome and mysterious Will Cohen entered the picture, I was delighted. Scarlet was eating, riding horses, everybody was happy. When you read the author’s bio on the back Elana Arnold talks about how it took her awhile to find her story, and I have a feeling Scarlet may be based on Elana. It’s a beautiful tale that reminds me of Madeline L’Engle’s A Ring of Pure and Endless Light, with it’s focus on the brief joys of life and learning to accept the now instead of what could be, since we don’t know how much time we have.
Once Scarlet starts living again, she appreciates the joy in simple good food, like eggs and toast. I appreciate waffles. In honor of my art buddy Alice, who has celiac disease, here’s a recipe for gluten-free waffles I‘m going to whip up Thursday for class.
Because life ain’t worth living without waffles. I think Scarlet would agree.
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