Little Altars Everywhere
"We are swinging high flying way up, higher than in real life.And when I look down, I see all the ordinary stuff — our brick house, the porch the tool shed, the oil drum barbecue pit, the clothesline, the chinaberry tree. But they are all lit up from inside so their everyday selves have holy sparks in them, and if only people could see those sparks, they'd go and kneel in front of them and pray and just feel good. Somehow the whole world looks like little altars everywhere."
---"You can't go anywhere with Mama without things getting nuts. If it's going along too smooth she will invent something just to stir things up. Sometimes we'll be downtown shopping and everything's going normal, and Mama will put her fingers in her mouth and let out the loudest, most piercing whistle you ever heard in your life. Then everyone gets startled and drops what they're doing and looks around to see where the noise came from. And Mama, she'll just bend over and pretend to be looking at a pair of shoes."
"Sometimes you just have to reach out and grab what you want, even when they tell you not to. This is something that I've struggled with my whole life long."
"Listen to me, Siddalee, and listen good: There is no excuse to let your looks go, no matter how poor you are. Cleanliness is next to Godliness, but honey let me tell you, ugliness will get you nowhere."
"It’s life. You don’t figure it out. You just climb up on the beast and ride."
Reading Little Altars Everywhere is fun fun fun! It kind of gets so sad sometimes i have to stop. This book is about Sidda and all the Walker family including the Ya-Ya's told in alternating voices . I like how i can just relate to it. Even though the book is set in Louisiana it felt like the Walker family is my second door neighbor family when i was still growing up in Camiguin Island. A lot of fighting and shouting but in the end you can see how much everyone loves everyone. There are so many "aw" moments in there for me. Sometimes i am so much touched i felt like crying. But a lot of times you cannot help but laugh. Crazy crazy people. The book is wonderfully told and it is written in easy simple English which i like.