Monday, July 9, 2012

July 9: Another Lovely Maine Day!

The heat here broke on Saturday night, and yesterday and today are lovely, dry, breezy, summer days. Yesterday was our 23rd anniversary, and JUST like the day we got married on. Happy memories. It was also the first time we weren't with Lyle on his birthday, so it acted a reminder that time is passing and the family is growing up. Nice that he was with his uncle John, who shares his birthday--an unusual but wonderful treat. Here are the birthday twins:

Wish we'd been together!

Today: off to Brewer to drop off N's retainers at the ortho, and to browse some fabric for a fall portfolio dress. . . . and then maybe some gardening back home. So things unfold. Lovely!

WonderWonder by R.J. Palacio
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

WOW! Julie recommended Wonder a while ago, and then I saw it as a "Martha Recommends" staff pick at our library and picked it up. It is a "you'll laugh/you'll cry/it will change your world" book in the same way Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time is: the book takes you inside Auggie's life and his family's life, giving you a vivid sense of what it's like to be the boy with the terrible face, or the sister of the boy with the terrible face. Palacio captures the issues and feelings of kids really well, but also with a strong sense of hope and potential for what we can do when we work for the best.

I highly recommend this book for a family read, a teacher read, a class read. Wow!

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