And here is the age-old question.. does BBAW rhyme with Hee Haw? Or do YOU say the individual letters B… B… A… W?
I say it rhymes with Hee Haw.
Even though I’ve taken a step back from blogging, I’d have to be living under a rock (I’m not, just FYI) to miss all the Book Blogger Appreciation Week (BBAW) excitement. All the craze and praise has been really fun to watch! It’s inspiring to see all the enthusiasm for blogging and books and so.. here I am again after a two month hiatus. Thanks, BBAW, for helping me remember why I love blogging and how it’s just about the most fun you can have on a computer. And a big enthusiastic Congratulations! to all the winners and nominees, many of whom I count among my friends. Congrats, too, to Amy, the tireless force behind BBAW, and her hardworking team for another hugely successful awards week!
I marvel at the time bloggers put into their blogs. I’m guessing (well, actually I know..) a lot of them don’t have kids. Many do, of course, and it is really THOSE bloggers I marvel at the most.. I’m not sure how they keep up. Maybe their kids aren’t as demanding as mine or don’t have tons of activities to be shuttled around to, maybe they don’t help with homework, maybe they have no friends IRL, maybe someone else cleans their houses and cooks their meals, maybe they don’t work or need 8 hours of sleep at night.. I really don’t know! But between blogging and Twitter and Facebook, who has time for trivial stuff like laundry, grocery shopping, or in-person conversations?
I think about that. I think about the amount of time my children spend online, time that could be spent hanging out with other kids face to face deveoloping their social skills, or time just being bored and thinking. I remember a lot of time like that as a child- free time where I had to find something to do or where I could work something out in my head- time to be creative or at least creatively solve the problem of being bored. This is when imagination kicks in. My children need to be entertained, all the time, and they have zillions of options for that, with 500+ channels on cable, iPods and phones, Wii and the internet. They can’t stand to be bored. Which is why I regularly unplug them from everything (my favorite form of punishment, actually). You’d think I was hacking off an arm the way they carry on about it. But I look at it as I’m giving them a gift- the gift of boredom. I tell them, “Go develop your imaginations!” to much groaning and foot stomping. My husband tells them, jokingly, “When I was your age, we played with sticks and rocks!” They roll their eyes and say, “Daaaaaaaaaaaad! That was back in the Stone Age.” But before long they find something to do that doesn’t involve earbuds or keyboards or remotes.
But it’s hard to unplug kids when I’m always online. I’m modeling the very behavior I’m trying to change in them.
So that’s what the last two months were about. With my kids home for the summer, I’d work (online) while they slept in or played- I was online only as much as I needed to be. And I think that’s my new plan- no blogging in the summer or during school vacations. I’d rather feel guilty about ignoring my blog than about ignoring my kids. Priorities..
We had Back to School Night at my youngest daughter’s school this week. This is my 6th grader, my reluctant reader, the one who whines about her 30 minutes of assigned daily reading, the one I have to set a timer for just to get her to crack open a book, the one who claims to hate reading. So imagine my shock and awe when I was told that based on her Accelerated Reader score she is reading at an 11th grade level.. what?!?! How can this be? That’s a full FOUR GRADE LEVEL jump over last year. She has to get 69 reading points this semester, and if you’re not familiar with the program, let me just tell you- that’s a lot. She’s going to have to pick up the pace considerably to make her goal. She grabbed a book from the library called My Fair Godmother– 14 points- and started it at school but has yet to sit down with it this weekend. The AR books I pulled out of our bookshelves for her are stacked up and gathering dust. She wants to pick her own, which I understand, but she’s going to have to actually start reading them.
My older one would rather read than eat or do homework. So we have the opposite problem with her. She gets in trouble at school for reading when she’s supposed to be listening to teachers or doing her work. She reads in the car, she reads in bed, she reads everywhere, oblivious to her surroundings. It’s hard to get mad about it when I understand it so well- she’s exactly like me.
As for my reading, I’m currently enjoying Honolulu by Alan Brennert for book club. I read Molokai a few years back and loved it, so was thrilled when this one got voted in. It’s about a young Korean “picture bride” who comes to Hawaii to marry a Korean man and have a chance at a better life and education in the early 20th century. Naturally, things don’t turn out as planned. Most of this book is being read while sitting on the bleachers in the hot sun at the pool where my older daughter practices with her swim team 6 hours a week. She can’t read while swimming, but if there was a way, I’m sure she’d try.
So.. we’ll see how this goes. It’s nice to be back. Hopefully this won’t be my last post for another two months!
What are you doing this weekend? What are you reading?