Monday, June 12, 2006
Migraines Suck/Two Old Women Doesn't
Day 4 of this migraine and I've reached the point it doesn't go away with the usual stuff, so I'm rooting around for different painkillers and sucking on Mt. Dew. Migraines suck.
I read Two Old Women: An Alaska Legend of Betrayal, Courage, and Survival by Velma Wallis, last night. This is one I found in the library sale, where we stack our books and pay a quarter per stacked inch. At about 1/2", I'm figuring this book cost me 12.5 cents. I will be searching for more by this author.
Two Old Women is a tale of two elderly women who are abandoned (presumably to die) by their tribe during a fierce winter when so little game can be found that the people are slowly starving. Angered by their abandonment, the women choose to fight for survival rather than give in and die. A lovely legend passed on in the oral tradition till Wallis decided to write it down, Two Old Women describes the harsh reality of life in the Yukon during the days when the natives were nomadic and followed the food (caribou herds, salmon runs) to survive. Beautifully written and fascinating; this is one I'll shove on son #2, who also loves tales of survival. It's a mere 145 pages and illustrated.
Off to try to wake the son and maybe think about getting dressed. Maybe not. Migraines suck. Did I say that?