Broken Pieces by Judith B. Pinkard
My rating: 5 out of 5 stars
This is a biography of events and life growing up for Judy, who deals with a multitude of trials throughout her young life. This story had my heart aching and I was crying for poor little Judy and her family. It is crazy how one accident can change your whole life and the lives of those around you.
Helen and Ernest, Judy’s parents, along with their two friends are in a car accident after picking up newborn Judy up from the hospital to take home. The four are all in the hospital for serious and life altering damages to their bodies. Helen takes the accident the hardest, as she is the one with the most damage done. She lives her life addicted to pain medicines and alcohol and trying to cope with the demons she has inside.
It really breaks my heart to see how Judy has to grow up. It sounds as though her life was not terrible, and for that I am relieved. I could tell by her writing that her mother did indeed love her very much, but was wrestling with herself to get her life back on track after this accident.
The 50’s seriously sounds like such a great era to me, people were more friendly and willing to help where needed. I also loved seeing how Judy had so much faith in not only people but God as well to help her get through any hardships. I do feel for Helen, especially during this era, with her mental illness, doctors didn’t have the knowledge that they have now to be able to thoroughly treat or help the situation. I am thankful the medical world has evolved since then but also saddened that so many had to suffer through these issues. Thank you Judy for sharing your story, it was beautiful!