I'm working on a PowerPoint presentation for the teacher training work I do as a consultant (well, at this very moment, I'm procrastinating from my real work by writing this post).
I'm trying to help teachers understand the value of incorporating independent reading into their classrooms for a variety of reasons, one of which is to instill the habits and mindsets of lifelong reading and learning. I'm starting the session by asking them to brainstorm ways in which specific books have impacted their lives as readers and learners.
Working on this reminded me of the very first book that truly impacted my life: Ramona Quimby. In one of the books, she decides to sew pants for her stuffed elephant (i.e., Ella Funt). My eight year-old self was so inspired by Ramona's creativity and determination that I, too, decided to take up sewing.
My first project was a scrunchie. It was, afterall, 1986. Twenty-two years later, I'm still sewing random things just because it's fun.
Thinking back on my life through the lens of books reminded me of how much influence the written word can have on our thoughts and--therefore--our lives.
As an ode to the written word, I think it would be great for us to generate a list of wedding books and blogs that inspire us so we can share with each other.
- I'd like to recommend One Perfect Day by Rebecca Mead because it exposes the ridiculous roots of many so-called wedding traditions and reminds me that the purpose and meaning behind a wedding are more important than any of the stuff.
- I'd like to recommend A Practical Wedding blog because Meg offers creative, thrifty, and sane insight into the wedding planning world. Her blog is the first wedding-related one I read each day.