Things I Wish I'd Known Sooner

Jaroldeen Edwards

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Synopsis: "Like every other well-brought-up young woman, I was raised to believe that life was a crescendo: Do everything right - eat your cereal, curl your hair, study, exercise, be sweet, and follow The Plan (although I was never too clear exactly what the plan was)." Not only was life less simple than Jaroldeen had grown up expecting, it turned out to be a series of complex challenges and hard work. But with each experience she learned to relish her life's riches - especially the deep satisfactions of marriage, raising children, and of loving and being loved. In the 1970s, when bright young women were supposed to be pursuing careers, not carpooling kids and sorting socks, Jaroldeen opened a window onto her own heart and discovered she loved raising her sprawling family. At the same time, she kept up her writing - and maintained her sense of humor. Now she shares her insights and reflections gleaned over the years - what she calls "windows of light" - on children, husbands, friends...and creating that subtle miracle called a home. A meal of abundant courses, Things I Wish I'd Known Sooner is for women at every stage of living. It is a tribute to women's inherent wisdom and strength. From her own ordinary yet remarkable life, Jaroldeen Edwards has crafted a wonderful contribution to the priceless heart-to-heart talks of women everywhere. Here is a book written by a woman for women, that truly exults in the glorious complexity of life.

From Kirkus Reviews: This is rice pudding for the soul--a bland collection of essays on life's little lessons. If Edwards is to be held in awe for bearing and raising a dozen children while also producing half a dozen novels (A Woman Between, not reviewed, etc.), she also has to be faulted for passing along so little accumulated wisdom. The classic Cheaper by the Dozen, or even Jean Kerr's Please Don't Eat the Daisies, offers much more in the way of tribal insight, comedic as they were. Edwards's anecdotes are drawn from her own life, but she has formatted them in the way of a Bible lesson, each chapter beginning with the thought for the day, a pithy quote from such philosophers as Shakespeare, Robert Browning, and Saint-Exup‚ry (``Grown-ups never understand themselves, and it is tiresome for children to be always . . . explaining things to them,'' from The Little Prince). Next are stories about personal ``epiphanies,'' often focused on the role of woman as helpmate, mother, and homemaker, worthy subjects if they didn't somehow come out sounding so self-congratulatory here. Each chapter ends with an often banal lesson of the day: ``Let your children see you sitting down . . . . You are much more approachable that way.'' True, epiphanies, ``those windows of light,'' as she calls them, are where you find them and need not involve heavenly light on the road to Damascus. However, in the title chapter, for instance, the author seems to have confused epiphanies with household hints. Among the ``windows of light'' offered here: Use a credit card sparingly, have the right clothes for the right occasions, buy all white bed linens and towels to minimize sorting. ``A simple flower can unlock the secrets of the universe,'' muses Edwards, but this trite volume is short on both blooms and revelation. -- Copyright ©1997, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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