There’s nothing better than having a miniature history lesson whilst doing some odious chore like unloading the dishwasher or mowing the lawn. My favorite SYMIHC is “Growing up Bronte.”
I’ve grown up with the Chronicles of Narnia, you see. In fifth grade, a friend of my teacher’s came in once a week to read the books to us. By that time, I didn’t much like being read to. But it was different when this lady read (I wish I could remember her name). She did the voices; her Mr. Beaver was particularly entertaining. And every so often she would stop to explain something to us. Not in a patronizing way, but instead as if she loved the books so much that she didn’t want us to miss a bit of them because of confusion. One day after class, I happened to be around when the reader lady brought out Turkish Delight for my teacher to try. I had a piece of the gooey, powder-covered stuff too, and remember not liking it much, and wondering what Edmund’s fuss was all about.
Although best kept separate from the books, the movie adaption is wonderful. It’s honestly one of my favorites, and I can’t exactly say why. Something to do with two lines: “It’s soooo warm out … I’ll go and check the sleigh” and “No more ice.”
I went through a phase in high school when I watched the entire movie with the cast/director commentary turned on about once a week. I was cool like that.
This lip balm:
This stuff is fairly miraculous. It’s basically colored Vaseline that also smells like roses. Which means it makes your lips Vaseline soft without you having to, you know, smear Vaseline all over them. It gives you some shine, if you’re into that kind of thing. And it looks like something a Victorian era woman would carry around in her slipper bag.
This Commencement speech:
Now that I’m graduated, I can’t get enough advice. Solicited or not, I want to hear your words of wisdom. George Saunders’s words are particularly eloquent.
I’ve only just started, but I’m not unfamiliar with Ian McEwan. The man can write.
It’s my power song. I think it’s everyone’s power song.