Monday, May 7, 2007

Book Group

I want to explain why I love the 2 books I read.

The first, “Tallahassee Higgins”, is about a girl who goes to live with her aunt and uncle while her mother moves to California to try to get a break into Hollywood. The book describes Tallahassee’s search to find out more about her mother, her father, and her life as she adjusts to living with her aunt and uncle. I identified with Tallahassee because, although my mother never abandoned me, I moved around often, as did Tallahassee, until 7th grade. I know what it is like to constantly switch schools and have to make new friends, never feeling like you belong; I did it my entire life! Some years we’d move 2 or 3 times in the same year. I went to 12 schools in 13 years- you do the math!

The second, “Dear Mr. Henshaw”, is about a boy who writes to his favorite author. I identified with him because his parents divorced, and he describes his feelings regarding the situation in his journals. In this story, the dad drives an 18-wheeler, and the boy and his mom feel like the dad loves his truck more than them. In my life, my dad is an alcoholic, and I have always felt my dad chose alcohol over his family. Also, in this book, the boy feels lonely because his mom works a lot to support the 2 of them, as was the case for me.

I know this isn’t a typical entry, but I felt compelled to share why I have always loved these 2 books in particular. Looking at them from a teacher’s perspective, they are wonderful to read if a new student comes or if a student is moving away. Also, if children come from divorced families, as is more common these days, these books will help children to know they are not alone in their feelings. I look forward to reading some more of my childhood favorites and sharing my thoughts about them. . .

The Blues

Since the weather was rainy on Saturday, we had an opportunity to be together as a family for the entire day. Th’s baseball game was cancelled so TJ and the boys went with the baby and me to run errands. We had a good time considering the boys hate to run errands. When we got home, we caught up on some indoor things that needed to be taken care of such as switching Ta’s clothes from size 18 months to 2T and storing stuff in the attic. We also played around with the boys. It was me versus TJ, Th, & Ta. We had fun, and the boys had a great time wrestling around.

I have been fighting a cold or something since late last week. It finally hit me full-force yesterday. I woke up feeling horrible, and today is even worse. I am achy everywhere, my ears and throat hurt, and I just want to sleep. I finished Th’s scrapbook pages but still need to complete the other child’s and the 2 title pages. I was hoping to get more accomplished, but since I slept most of the afternoon, that didn’t happen!

I did read 2 books over the weekend, though. I completed “Tallahassee Higgins” by Mary Downing Hahn and “Dear Mr. Henshaw” by Beverly Cleary. Both of them are excellent books, and after having read them now as an adult, I can understand how I loved them as a child. Well, Th has a baseball game tonight and I need to finish making supper. We’re having homemade lasagna and garlic bread. The boys are also calling me to come see their latest find: a baby lizard on a plant in the flower bed. More tomorrow, and hopefully I’m feeling better!