Yesterday, I got the worst sinus headache and had to lay down for a few hours after dinner almost foiling my plan to finish Three Men in a Boat. Almost. I’m stubborn and forced myself up and reading by some muted light. I’ll say that this most likely affected my enjoyment of the book. I read it with a smile on my face and even laughed out loud a few times, but found myself reading too fast just so I could finish. Anyway, I’m back on track!
On Monday G brought home a book a book from school that he was supposed to color and read. I think it’s called Where Animals Live. I was very impressed that he read it almost flawlessly. I’m not making him read challenging enough books!
I listened to Let’s Take the Long Way Home by Gail Caldwell and I loved it. The first line, “It’s an old, old story: I had a friend and we shared everything, and then she died and so we shred that, too.” Just beautiful. Caldwell is a Pulitzer Prize winner and this story of her friendship with author Caroline Knapp is so moving. These two women shared such a bond and to have it broken at such an early age, Knapp was in her early 40’s, was heartbreaking. The most moving to me was how Caldwell shared her own struggles with alcohol, something that she and Knapp shared. It was a beautiful tribute to an enviable friendship.
On Tuesday G read Wet Pet by Harriet Ziefert and Yuko Kido. He loved the layout of the book, with the cutout letters, the most. What ever it takes to get him excited about a book he has to read himself!
I listened to and read Dryland: One Woman’s Swim to Sobriety by Nancy Stearns Bercaw. I read this for a TLC Book Tour. I’m having trouble copying and pasting my review from my book blog so I’ll just link it here.
Yesterday G read Look! by Ted Lewin. He was pretty whiny about reading it even though it was an easy book, but I don’t blame him. On Wednesdays we go straight from the bus to OT and don’t get back home until after 5 and then he has to do homework! Hopefully we’ll be back to happy reading tomorrow 🙂
As I mentioned above, I read Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K. Jerome. This classic from 1889 is still funny. Three young men and a fox terrier take a boat down the Thames River. I’m just going to leave you with a taste of the writing…
We got up tolerably early on the Monday morning at Marlow, and went for a bathe before breakfast; and, coming back, Montmorency made an awful ass of himself. The only subject on which Montmorency and I have any serious difference of opinion is cats. I like cats; Montmorency does not.
When I meet a cat, I say, ‘Poor Pussy!’ and stoop down and tickle the side of its head; and the cat sticks up its tail in a rigid, cast-iron manner, arches its back, and wipes its nose up against my trousers; and all is gentleness and peace. When Montmorency meets a cat, the whole street knows about it; and there is enough bad language wasted in ten seconds to last an ordinary respectable man all his life, with care.
I do not blame the dog (contenting myself, as a rule, with merely clouting his head or throwing stones at him), because I take it that it is his nature. Fox terriers are born with about four times as much original sin in them as other dogs are, and it will take years and years of patient effort on the part of us Christians to bring about any appreciable reformation in the rowdiness of the fox terrier nature.