Two grandmothers are standing silently in the park on a windy day, doing nothing in particular, and the town's residents wonder what they are up to. A young girl says that they are saving the world. Soon they are joined by other women, and then more women, and suddenly this gentle gathering appears to have the ability to transform the world for the better.
In an afterword, author Sharon Mehdi described how she came to write this story. She had been trying to write a serious nonfiction book about buried scrolls that would save the world, but came down with a bad case of writer's block. At that same time, several things influenced her to take a different tack: she became a grandmother, the world was full of bad news about war, violence, and economic woes, and she recalled a Native American elder telling her that "men have taken the world as far as they can. It's up to the women to lead us the rest of the way." At that point she decided to write her granddaughter a children's story for grownups. It began as a booklet, but as it was read to more and more women, its popularity spread until it was time to be published for a wider audience.
This small book carries a message of hope. Laced with warmth and humor, it asserts that silence can speak loudly and that small acts can take on a power of their own. This would make a great gift for Mother's Day, or for any woman who thinks she can't make a difference in the world.