Monday, April 24, 2017
Currently, I am reading Moloka'i by Alan Brennert, which is mainly based around when the disease, leprosy was popular. The Health Board of Hawaii helped maintain this disease by sending you off if affected. The story is based around a seven years old girl who had been affected. Her family hides the situation but one day gets in a fight with her sister who accidently the screams out loud at school, "leprosy girl," which catches the teachers attention. When leaving her parents get emotionally and throughout the journey family is everything. I can connect by the fact that I also care a lot for my family. They mean a lot to me and I can feel her pain when she has to see her family go. When leaving to another island she says quote, "the tip of her fingers just grazed Mama's palm as she passed, the human carrying her away. Rachel would cherish that last touch for years to come, remembering the warmth of her skin, the way her big fingers almost closed around Rachel's, and the desperate love in Mama's face as it was stolen away from her."