"Don't judge a man until you've walked two moons in his moccasins."
Salamanca Tree Hiddle, 13, went on a road trip with her grandparents from Ohio to Idaho to trace the path her mother took when she left them over a year ago. Hurry, hurry, rush, rush.
Sal hoped to reach Idaho on her mother's birthday and bring her home. Along the way, to calm her nerves and to entertain her grandparents, Sal told them stories about Phoebe Winterbottom,
"a girl who had a powerful imagination, who would become my friend, and who would have many peculiar things happen to her."
And peculiar they were. First there were the mysterious notes on Phoebe's doorsteps, then the appearance of the lunatic, and the case of her missing mother. Phoebe was certain her red-haired neighbour had something to do with her mother's disappearance. The worst thing was, that red-haired neighbour and Sal's father were getting closer, closer, and closer every day. (In fact, she was part of the reason why they had moved to Ohio.)
As Sal told Phoebe's story, the truth about her own missing mother was also revealed layer by layer, and unforeseen danger threatened the journey she was on with her grandparents. Walk Two Moons
is about going away on literal and metaphorical journeys to look for someone, to walk in her shoes, to try to understand her sorrows and need to leave, to bring her back in the way you could bring yourself back, and to leave her there just as you could leave the past in the past and move on with it. It is about being sad. It is about acceptance, discovery, young love, fear, holding on, letting go, wild imagination, and honest recollections.
It's always easy to judge a person, and not easy at all to walk in their moccasins, huh?
Updates on the short story: it was written, revised and submitted to a contest. A load of my chest! And the critique for a fellow-writer's manuscript is done, too. Moving on to other writing/publishing work and teaching. What have you been up to, my lovelies?
I didn't speak because I didn't know what to say. I felt shameful and odd,
as though the thoughts running through my head belonged to someone else.
I wished I hadn't gone inside the gym. I wished I hadn't seen Abby Lynn
and the other girls. But most of all, for the first time I wished Momma wasn't my momma.
It was the summer of 1957.
As much as Tiger Ann Parker loved her family, she sometimes felt embarrassed by her mentally-disabled momma and her "slow" daddy. She wished they could be more like other kids' parents.
Guilt followed this embarrassment, and her heart weighed heavy.
To make life more complicated, the other girls in her class ostracized Tiger because of her momma and her best friend, Jesse Wade Thompson, started behaving ... mushy.
Luckily, Granny was around to see to things. She worked with Tiger's dad at the Thompson's garden, cooked, gave Tiger's momma chores to do and made sure everybody worked hard and was taken care of.
That was, until Granny suddenly passed away.
When her sophisticated Aunt Dorie Kay asked Tiger to come live with her in Baton Rouge, Tiger knew this might be her only chance of ever living a proper, normal life.
But could she leave her simple but passionate momma and kind, hardworking dad behind?
Your momma may have a simple mind, Tiger, but her love is simple too.
It flows from her like a quick, easy river.
Tiger wanted badly for the girls in her class to like her, so much so she gave up playing baseball with Jesse Wade. In an interview included in this Square Fish edition, the author, Kimberly Willis Holt, recalled a time in her own childhood when she did somersaults to impress a bunch of popular girls. I remember times like that. Do you? What did you do to impress people you wanted to be friends with?
"When your mom and dad leave, pat your grandpa's hand and say,
'Don't worry. They always come back.'
Then right away, ask him if he's hungry."
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* Things to Do on A Walk
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This week, I found some great books on Family Love, particularly between children and parents.
These books are generally suitable for children aged 2-5. However, I don’t want to set iron reading-age limits because some children are early readers while some are just not that confident yet. (I hear from some customers that their babies enjoy read-togethers. Babies!) Good for them, I say. But that's not how all children are.
Don’t set firm reading level standards for it might deter those with slight literacy difficulty. Just read together for now then figure out where your child’s reading level is and encourage them forth. Young children love being read to ... so let’s settle in a good, cozy reading routine, starting with these:
· We’re Very Good Friends, My Mother and I by P.K. Hallinan
What is that special bond between mothers and children? A special kind of friendship that must be nourished. What do mothers and children do together every day? I think what got me to pick this out from the sea of books is its title and cover picture. How cool is it to breathe in sea air with your mother?
· I Love You, Sleepyhead by Claire Freedman & Simon Mendez
A charming rhyme that’s excellent for bedtime reading. As the sun slowly lowers, baby animals around the world snuggle to sleep as their mothers watch over them. The soft yet warm pictures are perfect for all sleepyheads.
· If Animals Kissed Good Night by Ann Whitford Paul & David Walker
This is a personal favourite that’s also on the theme of parental love and saying good night. The rhymes are fun and bright, and the pictures are amazing. Some animals like cuddle-and-slide kisses, some like klick-a-klick kisses, some like sloooooww kisses.
· Night Shift Daddy by Eileen Spinelli & Melissa Iwai
A sweet tale about a girl and her father who works at night. It is enjoyable to read about how they take care of each other and spend time together despite having different schedules or day/night routines.
· The Sea Mice and the Stars by Kenneth Steven & Louise Ho
A family adventure about a sea mouse family setting out into the dark to collect fallen stars. These stars are pieces of magic, as the uncle tells the young mice, gifts to the sea mice to keep them safe through the harsh winter. Children who love adventures will love this!