I think there were a lot of things that helped me survive my childhood, and books are definitely at the top of the list. They were my escape, my window into a 'normal' world. Without them, I wouldn't have a clue how a whole family functions.
So even if your little girl doesn't grow to be the President of the United States, maybe she'll be the first in her family to go to college and get a degree. That in itself is a win that is immeasurable.
Big shocker here....but I'm another one who read a lot as a child. It's funny because my parents really don't read much....the newspaper, sometimes magazines....but never really books. Mom always read to us though and said books are your friends and really encouraged reading....and both us girls read a lot today. Wasn't much of a surprise to anyone when I finally decided library science was the grad degree i was going to go for (and here I thought I had some big revelation! LOL)
Oh and Chrissy, i would be inclined to be more mad at Jesi but than again I think that my mom would have totally gone off on me for that. And I'm SHOCKED at how much a seat belt ticket would be!!!! Holy Shyt. Ours in WI are only $10. I wear mine now but when I was fatter before surgery, I didn't because they didn't fit and I was too embarrassed to get extensions for our cars.
I used to read a whole ton when I was a kid. I couldn't go anywhere without a book, and I learned to read when I was preschool age. (without those "your baby can read" programs, too, LOL)
I read the heck out of the babysitters club, the little house on the prairie series, Pippi, sweet valley twins/high, and Ramona.
I also loved Sweet Valley and Ramona. Any Judy Blume or Beverly Cleary book was an instant fave for me.
Did any of you read Tales of a 4th Grade Nothing and/or Superfudge? Those were two more of my all-time favorites that I read over and over again.
Yes, I read those too Chrissy! But I don't remember what they're about now.
Ditto the Judy Blume.
I also read the Anne of Green Gables books and I keep thinking about getting the tv miniseries to watch again. It was so good. I don't know if Josh would tolerate it though.
Is anyone here a Dr. Who fan? We watched an episode last night on netflix and it was interesting. I think DH thinks it's too outrageous though.
Love Dr. Who! It is ridiculously over the top and whip-smart at the same time.
I love the Little House books.
"Any idiot can face a crisis; it is this day-to-day living that wears you out." -Anton Chekhov
Did a few Sweet Valley but wasn't into those as much. Did pretty much every Judy Blume but liked Are you there God, it's me Margaret, Staring Sally J. Freedmen as herself, and Forever. Also read most of the Babysitters Club.....at least the first of the series, maybe the first 10-15?
But my all time favorites are Trixie Belden and Nancy Drew....read some of the early ones but I have every case files one (read multiple times each even as an adult), all the ones with her and the Hardy boys together, and the ones where Nancy, Bess and George finally go to college.
I really wish that they had Young Adult books when I was that age....I have read some as an adult and LOVE them....one of the classes I took in grad school was YA lit (this was when I was going to be a childrens/ya librarian). Since they didn't, I basically moved on to Danielle Steel and things like Gone with the Wind when I was in fifth grade.
I remember Super Fudge I think. Was that the one about the dog? I loved all those books you've all mentioned as well as Stone Fox, Number the Stars, Island of the Blue Dolphin, and Where the Red Fern Grows.
http://www.lauraingallspepin.com/index.htm Birthplace and it looks like there is something in Walnut Grove Minnesota (by the Twin Cities). So not sure if she was born in Pepin and than moved to Walnut Grove before they headed out to the prairies?
We definitely plan on going but I was waiting for my mom and last year we were always so busy when they came up with moving or doing stuff at the house.