Friday, March 3, 2017

Reading Interrupted 3/31 #sol17

I sat in our big gray lounger chair, snuggling the baby on my chest. I rocked back and forth, ignoring the slight squeak produced each time I pushed off the hardwood floor with my foot. As I read the first few chapters of my new library book, I Will Always Write Back by Caitlyn Alifirenka and Martin Ganda… I had to reread sentences and paragraphs over and over again since I had so much in common with Caitlyn! I too was in middle school in 1997 and 1998 and loved Spice Girls and was more focused on boys and crushes than on school.  This pretty much sums up the way my reading went…

“I passed her a note that read MATT IS SO HOT. I AM FREAKING OUT!”                     
How many notes I passed to friends about how many boys! Ha! I even had “the blue book” with Ashley to write notes back and forth in 8th grade. It was so hot that even some of the boys…the cute guys…ended up writing in it!
“We started dating in late November, and then broke up a week later.”
OMG! That’s like all of 6th grade for me! TJ and Craig and Stephen and Chris! Chris and I “went out” for all of one weekend (that we didn’t even see each other or talk to each other)! Now I can see that we were all just approximating relationships just as preschool kids approximate writing and reading! 
“I could always tell Martin’s letters from the rest of the mail. They looked and felt different- thinner paper, more exotic and colorful stamps.”
Man! I remember getting letters from our previous exchange students and thinking the exact same thing. It didn’t matter if the letters came from Spain, Finland, Sweden, France, Belgium, or Brazil…I could instantly spot an exciting international letter in my family’s pile of mail. I always wanted to be the first one to open it. The family that my cousin had lived with in Belgium always sent the best letters since two of their kids were my brother and my age and they always sent drawings and stickers that were so different from our American ones. Sometimes they even sent marshmallows. Even the marshmallows tasted better than ours!
I can’t wait to read the rest of this book!

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