Wednesday Afternoon Break: Their Eyes Were Watching God – Blue Bonnet Bakery

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A special treat for the middle of the week!

In Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston, Janie continues her life as a Mayor’s wife. Her husband Joe Starks cemented himself as the leader of Eatonville, Florida and has certain expectations for Janie. Life becomes a routine and on the outside, Janie accepts her place in her husband’s world.

The community in Eatonville is filled with unique characters that enjoy the new standards of living in their town. Social life on the front porch of the store Joe built is often entertaining. Janie desires to engage in the community but her husband Joe forbids it.

Eventually, Tea Cake enters her life and she begins to experience a life of love that she had always dreamed of.

Their Eyes Were Watching God is a story that examines many aspects of a woman’s life including the limitations society often applies to women. Hurston provides a resilient character in Janie as she struggles to find a path in life that she can call her own. A great story about a woman’s strength and fortitude amongst the many obstacles she has to endure.

Wednesday Afternoon Break © Fort Worth Reader 2019

Wednesday Afternoon Break © Fort Worth Reader 2019


The Bluebonnet Bakery has been a mainstay in Fort Worth for 85 years, established in 1934. The bakery has always occupied a location on Camp Bowie Boulevard. In mid-2010, the bakery made a short move to a 1920’s era church with 7,600 square feet to provide better parking and in-house dining. Sitting in the historical church setting with a coffee, tea, or treat and a great book is an enjoyable way to spend an afternoon. This peaceful and unique reading location is one to visit often.

Wednesday Afternoon Break © Fort Worth Reader 2019

Wednesday Afternoon Break © Fort Worth Reader 2019


Janie’s story is one that has been lived by many women throughout history and still to this day. It is at a critical moment in Janie’s life that she decides to reclaim ownership over her own life.

She thought back and forth about what had happened in the making of a voice out of a man. Then thought about herself. Years ago, she had told her girl self to wait for her in the looking glass. It had been a long time since she had remembered. Perhaps she’d better look. She went over to the dresser and looked hard at her skin and features. The young girl was gone, but a handsome woman had taken her place. She tore off the kerchief from her head and let down her plentiful hair. The weight, the length, the glory was there. She took careful stock of herself, then combed her hair and tied it back up again. 

Too many men are eager to define and limit the lives of the women around them. Society often devalues women and elevates their male counterparts. Many women are programmed to believe that they are not able to pursue their path in life and sometimes work to dissuade others. Although these unfortunate obstacles persist today, many women continue to take ownership over their future and live life by their own decisions and choices. Each woman that breaks through societal constraints provides an example to all that our collective future is only brighter when all can take part in it.

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Wednesday Afternoon Break © Fort Worth Reader 2019

Wednesday Afternoon Break © Fort Worth Reader 2019

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