This post was inspired by the book The Execution of Noa P. Singleton: A Novel* by Elizabeth L. Silver. Mere months before Noa's execution, her victim's mother changed her mind about Noa's sentence and vows to help stay the execution. Join From Left to Write on July 30 as we discuss The Execution of Noa P. Singleton: A Novel. As a member of FLTW, I received a copy of the book for review purposes.
Do you believe that life is a gift, whether you are as free as a butterfly on a spring day or you are imprisoned in a penal institution for a crime you may or may not have committed?
I believe all life - all of life and every life - is truly a gift from God.
I know that there are many out there who disagree in some form or fashion with my position. There are many arguments against my beliefs, many shades of gray to be cited, many nuances and circumstances to be listed as proof against my seemingly wide-eyed, naive, and privileged First Worlder point of view.
That's ok. I have no intention of stepping onto a theological, political, social, or any other type of soapbox in this post.
I'm simply calling like I see it.
Which made reading The Execution of Noa P. Singleton a bit challenging for me. I did read it fairly quickly; with a new baby in the house (well, nearly new, at least; the little miss is almost four months old), I have plenty of time to read since I keep my Kindle or a book close by for when I'm feeding the baby.
It took me a while to put my finger on just what was troubling me most after finishing the book. It finally came to me today as I was having a quick out-patient procedure on my leg. Even though I've had this exact same procedure (laser vein ablation) done twice before (holla varicose vein sufferers!) and it's simple and mostly painless, I was a bit nerved up as I lay on the exam table in the doc's office.
Because sometimes when you find yourself in a medical environment dealing with a health crisis for yourself or your child or your spouse, things aren't as simple and painless or quick as you had hoped they would be.
Sometimes things can get downright terrifying.
If you've walked through the dark valley that is a life-threatening health scare for yourself or your child or your spouse or someone you love fiercely, you may find yourself nodding in agreement with me when I tell you this:
No matter what, life is worth the fight.
Which made reading this particular book troubling, challenging, and just plain hard.
But it also made me appreciate the life I have, a life filled with so many people I love.
A life - like all life - that's worth the fight.
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