I’ve had a lot going on in life lately, and my online community has been so supportive, which I greatly appreciate! But I feel whiny, and I want to concentrate for a bit on something each day that makes me smile. I want to make sure I appreciate all that I have.
Today, I’m appreciating Laura Shovan’s Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary. This novel in verse is not only funny and sweet, it’s skillfully woven and full of strong, individual voices. It is reminding me, as I read, that every big event is complicated. It will have bad effects (even good things) and good effects (even bad things). Laura’s keen eye and wonderful words and voices are making it a delight to read this. I’m trying to slow myself down because I don’t want it to be over.
I’m thankful for writers who bring stories and issues into focus in such a warm and entertaining way. And who make me think.
Martha O'Quinn says
Laura, don’t be so hard on yourself. You’re only human and you have my permission to be whiny. Life just tends to get in the way at times, often on a daily basis. Thanks for sharing.
Thanks, Martha, I appreciate that. When I start boring myself with my own negativity, which doesn’t happen often, but it’s been known to happen:>) , then I know it’s time to focus on the positive, for my sake and those around me. But, thank you!
Nancy Pi-Sunyer says
Laura, for all the joy you share, a short period of whiny is a fine trade-off. If you want a smile, check my “Mouse Project”, at Pi-SunyerNaturally.com. I think you will find many smiles in the 150+ mice posted there. Happy June!
Thanks! I love your mouse project, Nancy!
Lovely way to share about THE LAST FIFTH… And about Laura.
And you are right, it’s a fabulous story.
Thanks–I was sad to finish it, because I wanted to read more of it!