How Green Was My Valley

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I have been reading ‘How Green Was My Valley’ again after many decades.  Totally different reading this as a mature married mother and wife.  Below is a bit of a quote from the Father of the family in the novel.  Huw, the youngest son has just seen a neighbour woman give birth, he wasn’t supposed to be there, being only about 12 at the time.  I love that this family are deeply committed church-goers, although not born again Christians.  I also love that the pastor of the village, Mr. Gruffydd is also a man of action who takes care of the poor and needy, detests unfairness and immorality and is able to stand up to an abusive and Pharisaical elder with gusto. This book is a tear jerker in more ways than one. 

Right then,” my father said “Listen to me. Forget all you saw. Leave it. Take your mind from it. It had nothing to do with you. But use it for experience. Now you know what hurt it brings to women when men come into the world. Remember and make it up to your Mama and to all women.”

Yes Dada”, I said.

And another thing let it do,” my father said. “There is no room for pride in any man. There is no room for unkindness. There is no room for wit at the expense of others. All men are born the same, and equal. As you saw today, so come the captains and the kings and the tinkers and the tailors. Let the memory direct your dealings with men and women. And be sure to take good care of Mama. Is it?”

Yes Dada”, I said.

God bless you my son”, he said, “sleep in peace”.

 

Richard Llewellyn ‘How Green Was My Valley’

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