A girl and her cat take on the world with nothing more than a cup of tea and a good book and enough dreams to fill the universe.
Is there anything better than two snow days in a row in April? Probably not. The amount of reading and homework I have gotten done with these two bonus days is astounding. People should have more snow days more often. Weekends aren’t enough because there is always too much to do and too many people to see. Three feet of snow blocking your door is good motivation to stay indoors and finish that project you promised yourself you would. It’s also a good time to sit on the coach drinking hot chocolate with your sister watching America’s Funniest Home Videos and laughing so hard your sides ache for hours afterward.
This week I finished Make Lemonade by Virginia Euwer Wolff. It was delightfully quick read to accompany my continuous slog through Spindle’s End by Robin McKinley. I really liked Make Lemonade. LaVaughn’s mom was probably my favorite character. She was so determined to make sure her daughter went to college that it made me smile. In some families, college is never even really talked about. It’s always what’s going to happen. You graduate high school and go to college. End of story. Common sense. I remember talking with my parents about maybe not attending college after high school and doing something like culinary school or film school instead. I even thought about being a nanny somewhere in Europe before my sister reminded me of how I don’t really like little kids. Yet, this book reminded me that it’s not always so simple and clear cut for people. College can be a lofty, almost unachievable goal that people begin working towards in fifth grade. Sometimes, college doesn’t happen at all.
Or is it really?
LaVaughn’s descriptions of Jeremy and Jilly and Jolly’s house made me want to go scrub my floors and take a really long, cleansing bath. Messes have NEVER been a part of my growing up. My parents’ friends had clean houses. I had a clean room. My friends had clean houses. I would be freaked out if I went to someone’s house and there were boxes everywhere and isolated clutter and messes in every room among the box paths. I would never have taken the babysitting job for Jolly. Never. Not with the cockroaches and the smell so strong you can taste it. Nope. Messy children in a messy house is not a match for this girl, yet I have a great respect for LaVaughn and her ability to stick with it and get that family on the right track. That takes great perseverance to keep going when everything looks to be a rock bottom. J.K. Rowling has a quote, “And so rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.” I think that pretty much sums up Jolly’s situation.
Just looking at this picture makes my blood pressure go up.
Anyway, I have to go to work soon and I have a car buried under several feet of snow, so I will leave you until later this week. Just remember:
Push your mind, get inspired & be on top of the world.
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