I did a post about old fashioned "stack cakes" when I first started blogging in 2009 and I had forgotten completely about it until we saw THE HELP over the weekend. There in Skeeter's Jackson, Mississipi kitchen sat a stack cake, lovingly made by "the help." The movie touched my heart and carried me back to 1963 when times were oh so different. Maybe not so different. The country was in an upheaval over the unrest between races. It finally reached the boiling point and cities across the South exploded with riots and violence and hatred. In my secure little Midwest world, Springfield was calm and safe. Our schools were integrated, for my whole life I'd never thought twice about riding a bus or eating in a cafe with anyone who was of another race. Some of the events seemed like yesterday, the movie has a compelling plot and great acting. It's still doing well at the box office after several weeks, that says something. Those were painful times for our nation, lots to feel ashamed of and wish it had never happened. But you can't sweep history under the rug, it's there on video for us to have to re-live no matter how painful.
The movie is somber and funny, entertaining from start to finish. I loved seeing the clothes from the 6o's, the shirtwaist dresses and hairdo's flipped just so. So many things that were a part of our life then are nothing but a memory now. No more big cars that suck gas, no more bridge parties for bored housewives, no more little pillbox hats and white gloves that were a "must" on Sunday mornings.
I stepped back in time and watched as three remarkable women, Skeeter, Abileen and Minny changed how we felt about oppression. It took strength then and now to cross the line for change.