Thursday, August 4, 2011

Good Enough.

We homeschool.
Our first day of 11th grade classes
will begin next Monday, 8/8.

Princess does not like to read.
I've tried all sorts of things to
garner an interest in books,
but it has simply not happened.

Princess had only one "must read" book
over the Summer, "Christy",
by Catherine Marshall.
I thought this would perhaps be
a book she would enjoy.
Yesterday she finished the book.
"So, how did you like the book",
I asked her?

Being one with great talent, she answered,
"OK.. . .BUT,

   I don't want to name my daughter 'Ruby Mae'.
   I don't want to name my kid  'Birdseye'.
   I don't want to move to the mountains
   and teach dirty children.
   I don't want to catch Pnemonia.
   I don't want to get Typhoid.
I don't want to be anemic.
I don't want to be shot.
I don't want to be raped by a minister
and have a kid.
I don't want to become a Quaker.  Ever."

"At least she read the book!"
There are times you simply
have to be satisfied
with "good enough".


Jeanie said...

She read the book, she figured out the she doesn't want to follow the path of the character in the book, so I would agree with you about it being "good enough".

Just Stuff From a Boomer said...

I think it was a wonderful outcome. She read it and understook it. She formed her own opinions and learned something. Great Success!

What's she reading next?

The Brown Recluse (TBR) said...

When I saw the name of this blog, I knew I had to pop over and read it. I do love me some Sweet Tea..but I gave it up (and all restaurant food) for the month of August.

I didn't like to read much as a teenager, either. I think you "did good" getting her to read one, and from her response, we can tell she actually paid attention to what she was reading! lol

Aloha Acres said...

Neither of our boys are readers and it frustrates me; however, I caught my youngest picking up a book BY CHOICE and reading a little this week. It made my heart sing! :) I knew better than to point it out. I'm hoping we are onto something here.

Kelli said...

Well, ya gotta admit. She makes some good points.


Sharon said...

Love your blog! Very refreshing!

Unknown said...

I think I have to agree with her on all counts.


Hey....she read it....and got the main points. That is more than classroom teachers get from a student. I personally loved the book and wanted to teach in the appalachian mountains. LOL.....have you tried Cold Sassy Tree....my girls who don't read seem to like that one.

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Nel said...

My daughter was not a reader either and still is not. It can be so frustrating at times. She had books galore when she was little and we read a story every night sometimes two, but as she grew up she left books behind. At least you do know she read it and sometimes its best to go with good enough. lol
until next time... nel

Unknown said...

That was more than enough proof that she not only read the story but managed to come to some conclusions!

Happy back to school! Sometimes I still miss homeschooling my girls. Enjoy!

Jill said...

The important thing is she read and she learned! :-) Awesome that you homeschool! I can't imagine not loving to read.... :-)
Have a great evening.


NanaDiana said...

My son was NOT a reader. I finally found a non-fiction book about someone his age and it told a very scary/emotional story. He has been reading from that time on. It is hard for us that LOVE reading to think that someone WON'T enjoy it, isn't it? I'd say Good Enough too- xo Diana

Chatty Crone said...

Have you home schooled since first grade?

Wow I am impressed. I don't know if I could do it!

You have a very lovely daughter!

Nonnie said...

My, my. She does have a way of cutting to the chase, doesn't she?

SouthLakesMom said...

I LOVE to read as do my kids. But I have to say that I agree with Princess's impression of that particular book.

But as others say, if she read thoroughly enough to know what she didn't like, it's a WIN!

In our school, the IB program requires you to 'reflect' on what you read. One of my son's friends says he applied to the technology high school so he wouldn't have to! HA HA!

momof3girls said...

That is what she got out of the book Christy! Well I am shocked & outraged! Well, I wouldn't want to be shot or raped either but hummm ruby Mae Has a nice ring to it :)

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