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Lately, I’ve been doing really poorly at having C get his reading done. I don’t know why the last month or two has been such a struggle, but between his teacher and I he’s only averaging two books a month tops for his lessons. That’s just not enough! I’m worried he’s falling behind his other classmates so I’ve resolved that come hell or high water we will read EVERY single night together. It doesn’t matter if I’m reading or if he is, so long as we are reading. It seems the best time for it may be while I prepare dinner since he’s likely to want to spend time with me in the kitchen. We’ll see how that works. Tonight he read while I made dinner and then I read before they both went to bed.

Of course, we are also having trouble getting math homework done lately…he “doesn’t want to” and that’s making the work frustrating for us both. Tonight I again forgot about his worksheet we’ve had here for a few days (which really, no due dates in first grade, but still!) and I was about ready to kick myself because I had it right there while we worked on his 100 days project. Thankfully he found the 100 days project interesting because it involved glue…so that’s done!

Speaking of 100 days… When did it become hip to celebrate the 100th day of school? I don’t remember doing anything of the sort in all my years. Is this some new thing they’ve come up with? Apparently at C’s school they’ll be having a parade and everything. So somehow on February 11th, I have to deck him out as a 100 year old man. I don’t think P and I are so unhip that we actually have the right clothes for this, but I suppose we’ll try, right?

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My Favorite Book

When I was about 15 I started reading Gone With the Wind for the first time. It’s a long and sometimes tedious 1,024 pages in paperback. The first time I read it, I only caught the barest of the storyline. I read it again roughly a year later, and then again and again…until finally I’ve reached a grand total of roughly 15-20 reads. Margaret Mitchell develops her story and Scarlett’s character very slowly. In fact, I believe the greatest love story ever only turns into a marriage between Rhett and Scarlett in the last 200-250 pages of the book.

Obviously, since it’s my favorite book, I recommend you read it, cover to cover, at least twice. There are so many details that even after reading it as many times as I have, I still pick up something new each time. And, if you like Gone With the Wind, you may want to consider the 1992 sequel Scarlett, written by Alexandra Ripley. While I didn’t find the sequel nearly as intriguing I hve read it a few times. And yes, in the end, Scarlett and Rhett do live happily ever after.

(And if reading isn’t your thing…they made a movie version of Gone With the Wind in 1939 starring Vivien Leigh, Clark Cable, Olivia de Havilland and Leslie Howard.)

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