47 Days: A Journey Back Home by Amanda Perrot - It was a journey of “self-discovery” for Amanda around Saskatchewan in the summer of 2018.She grew up in St. Brieux, a community of 600, about 40 kilometers from Melfort. I know some of her family. I bought the book from her after she spoke to the Melfort Rotary Club of which Sharon and I are members.
Amanda speaks of Matt not listening and of Matt talking of wanting to stay together but not acting on the words.
On its meaning:
Our mission is to spread goodness and we recognized that sometimes to be the most kind, you need to be blunt!On her journey she wanted to meet women who:
“.... will have gone through some shit in their lives lately. They will be figuring out how to regain confidence. They will be craving connection with other like-minded women, to know that they’re not alone.”She names the trip Saskatchewan Sisterhood: The Power of Women’s Voices.
She experiences emotional highs and lows every day of her journey. Her mood swings from ecstatic to depressed and back again.
The journey is focused around presentations to which women are invited to come and listen and talk.What is most interesting is reading of the interactions with the women who come to her presentations. They share honestly and openly their struggles in life.
While I enjoyed 47 Days it is a book written for women. Amanda writes that men were able, even invited by her, to attend every event. At the same time there is not a reference to a man attending a session. Her father was the one male to have a significant role in the book.
At the end I did wonder what would happen if she made another journey and invited the men of Saskatchewan to come to presentations. Could she facilitate a brotherhood trip? Would men come and be open with each other and with Amanda? She certainly swears enough to put men at ease. I think Amanda has the skills to draw men out.
Amanda has been thinking about the possibilities for men. She said on the Facebook page for Grounded Goodness she can see doing something "about creating spaces for MEN" somewhere down the road.
On the same post she sets out a weekend retreat for men which is being held in early October this fall at Christopher Lake. It will be led by a man.