Author: Flax-Shaw, Hildegarde
In her writing debut, Sharing A Fly Wing, the author aims to capture the imagination of her readers by drawing them back into the idyllic days of her childhood, by having them walk unpaved, moonlit roads with her and perhaps sit in class with her in a dilapidated one-room schoolhouse.
Sharing A Fly Wing tells the story, through her childhood memories, of her life as a young girl on an undeveloped island. She reminisces about the bonds of family and friends and of her mother's lifelong lesson to share everything, even if it were as small as a "fly wing." In describing the homegrown, home-cooked cuisine of her young life, one senses her nostalgia and can almost taste the many culinary delights which she savored with every meal.
Her "Utopian" life was punctuated with the loss of three of her siblings on whose graves she put flowers every Sunday morning, although she was too young to understand the significance of their deaths.
It was on this little island, where everyone knew each other, where everyone paused to say, "good morning" or "good afternoon," that she grew up poor, in a close-knit family. It was here that her strength of character was molded, and her appreciation of life was born. She views Sharing A Fly Wing as a tribute to her mother's grace, patience, and teachings during her formative years.