Review: Papa’s Pearls
It’s not often that someone who is given a second chance in life truly understands how fortunate they are and ensures they take advantage of that opportunity. Author Dianne Flynn Keith was blessed with one of these lucky few in her life, and in Papa’s Pearls, she shares the hard-won wisdom that her father passed on to her.
Carol Joseph Flynn, her Papa, came of age during the Great Depression. It was a time of little hope and much desperation; the honest suffered, and many otherwise good men made difficult choices just to keep their families alive. Often on the fringe of illegal behavior, he crossed the line one too many times, and was sent away.
For Carol Flynn, who believed that this was the worst possible thing that could happen to him, it was the beginning of the end… the end of the foolish boy he had been, and the beginning of a wise man with a future.
A pearl does not come into being perfectly formed, nay – it is an impurity, dirty, unwelcome, undesirable. But given time, and just the right oyster to polish it until it shines, and we find a gleaming bit of beauty hidden deep inside. Papa was like the oyster; every time that hardship was thrown his way, he took it into himself, worked at it, and changed that piece of dirt into something that all could see and appreciate the wonder of.
It wasn’t simple, but it was what Papa knew. He also understood that the most beautiful parts of life, the wisdom one can glean from surviving – and thriving – through the tough times was something that should be shared.
Papa formed what he learned into stories and sayings – easily memorable bits that his children and grandchildren could hide in their hearts and hold against the times when he wasn’t there to guide them.
Papa’s Pearls isn’t a typical curriculum, or character-building lesson, or a story to read once, and hope to gain something from; instead, Papa’s Pearls is best used like we did – a chapter at a time, with plenty of time in between to read and discuss our thoughts and feelings about what was shared. Papa’s sayings – the “pearls” that subhead every chapter, much like they underscored his beliefs about living life – are excellent for copywork or memorization.
While Papa’s Pearls would make an excellent gift for a teen or young adult, and work well for a family discussion, some families may have concerns about small portions of the subject matter, so it would be wise to preview Papa’s Pearls before handing these stories off to a pre-teen and younger. While there isn’t anything deliberately harmful, the circumstances of some of Papa’s life and actions might be upsetting or confusing to a younger child.
Where can I buy Papa’s Pearls?
An autographed copy of Papa’s Pearls is available directly from the author for $21.97. For other purchasing options, check the Papa’s Pearls website.
Many Schoolhouse Review Crew members reviewed Papa’s Pearls
Check out the link below to see what they think!