This is the phone call I woke up to this morning. Trying to collect my senses as I wiped the sleep from my eyes. Listening to my daughter but not fully awake enough to actively participate in the conversation.
Statuesque and tan
cut-offs and a striped tube top
Long blond hair flowing as she twirls
Tossing, spinning, twisting
Skyward the stars glinting in the evening light
She bends, one leg high in the air behind her
She scoops it up and smiles at me laughing.
She is everything, I want to be.
What’s your favorite Halloween movie?
This is my favorite family friendly Halloween movie.
What age did you stop trick-or-treating?
Stop? Nobody told me I had to stop at a certain age.
Even now after the kids come in the neighborhood we adult emptynesters trick or treat each other.
Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship. The books featured during Banned Books Week have all been targeted with removal or restrictions in libraries and schools. While books have been and continue to be banned, part of the Banned Books Week celebration is the fact that, in a majority of cases, the books have remained available. This happens only thanks to the efforts of librarians, teachers, students, and community members who stand up and speak out for the freedom to read.Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. ALA
When you think about fall what do you think of? Most people say Pumpkin Spice everything, jumping in piles of leaves, sweaters, boots, bonfires and football but that’s not what fall is all about.
I grew up loving books, real books, with their smudged ink on dog-eared pages held together by bent withering spines. The library was where I wanted to be. Surrounded by all the books I could ever want to read. I didn’t just love reading, I loved the smell and feel of the books. A lot of kids today have never even seen a real book let alone read one. They have kindles, nooks, tablets and cell phones. They even have them in schools now. Half the time I look at kids they have their noses in their devices playing a game. I don’t think I would like being a kid now or maybe I just wouldn’t know any better and would accept that as how life is; but knowing what I know now, I know the kids are missing out on so much. I used to climb trees and read. If I dropped my book, I just jumped down and grabbed it and climbed right back up. If a kid dropped their device from a tree, the parents would have to spend at least sixty dollars to get a new one or replace the screen. I know that all these devices connect us around the world but what about the libraries are they going to disappear? Kids should feel the excitement of borrowing a book for the first time with their own library card and they should feel the responsibility of making sure it is back on time in one piece. Kids should be able to hold a book in their hands see the smudged ink the dog-eared pages held together by a bent withering spine and say “Wow someone really loved this book maybe I will too!” Take your kids to the library. Let them love real books on National Book Lover’s day… Even if it’s just for today put down the devices and hold a real book in your hands.