Look To This Day

Author: Wilma Dykeman

There has been a great deal written about the “ugly American,” but somehow the American of good intent, the one who tries to be a decent and warm human being, has fallen voiceless by the wayside. The honest people around us, the understanding that we all hope to get and to give, the experience of nature, the joy of children are somehow lost in the negative stridency which assaults us every day.

But Wilma Dykeman in LOOK TO THIS DAY gives us a picture of one woman’s thoughts and feelings: at dawn over the Southern mountains as she watches the sunrise from her kitchen window, at the airport as her son departs for his Northern prep school, in the tribute she pays to an elderly Negro teacher in Tennessee, or the revelations of a trip to Siena in Italy.

With the views of three generations----her mother, her husband and herself, and her two teenage sons---Wilma Dykeman shows what a thoughtful life, kept purposefully uncomplicated, can be like when the viewpoint is universal: at home, exploring the United States from coast to coast and from North to South, and traveling in Europe. With realistic vision and penetrating insight, Miss Dykeman epitomizes the woman spirit that made America famous and adds to the portrait the intelligence and grace which make her the unique writer she is.