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Tom Sherbourne has strong work and moral ethics. What makes him to give in to Isabel’s interpretation that the baby was ‘God’s Gift’ to them and not discharge his duty as lighthouse keeper, informing the authorities about the boat with a dead man and a baby?

Discussion Questions for The Light Between Oceans-Everyday Miracles

Question answered by K. Saroja, Global Book Club Guest Reader

Tom Sherbourne has strong work and moral ethics. What makes him to give in to Isabel’s interpretation that the baby was ‘God’s Gift’ to them and not discharge his duty as lighthouse keeper, informing the authorities about the boat with a dead man and a baby?

It was such a coincidence that the baby was found in the boat at the time when Isabel was grieving for the loss of her  own still born baby. She strongly believes that the baby was a ‘God-sent gift to her. Does she brainwash herself with that belief or it is manifestation of The Secret? I am certain we all have had similar experience one time or other in our lives. Certainly it did happen to me.

I was expecting my second baby. I also was working full time. My older son was 4 years old.  I was looking for a live-in nanny for my second baby. I  had no one to turn to in my family as all of them lived in India and had their own young families to care for.  I did not know what to do and where to look. I had no idea how these things worked here (in the United States) either. There was only week left for the baby to come. I was clueless how I was going to handle the sitiation if I did not get help in time. I was desperate.

I had talked about my predicament to some people at work. Believe it or not, the week  I was going to have the baby one of my co-workers said that a friend of a friend was coming to the U.S. from Poland and would love  to take care of a newborn, as she loves babies. At first I thought she was  saying that because she wanted the job. But I was totally wrong. The day I came back from the hospital she took my son from my hands and that was it. It was magical ! I could not believe how well she took care of my son from that day onward. I can not explain even today how that miracle happened! Even my own grand mother would not have done such an excellent job.

She just loved my son and took care of him as her own just the way Isabel did Lucy. I really believed that she was a godsend to me. The timing of her coming was so perfect and I could not have planned it such a way even if I wanted to. She did not speak a word of English and I did not know a word of  Polish, so we communicated using a  Polish to English and English to Polish dictionary. I always feel greatful for the way help arrived to me. So I am not surprised the way Isabel thought that Lucy was a gift sent to her by God to fulfill her maternal instincts. Our nanny, Ola, had to return to Poland after three years and I am eternally grateful to her and her love towards my son.

Saroja
 
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