I finally finished the pair of hand warmers I was working on for Callie. It took a long time for me to get the hang of it, as usual, but once I did the second one was finished very quickly. I'm planning on making a pair for myself and Kate has asked for some too. I'm not sure how that will work out though. Her little arms and hands are so tiny!
photo by Callie
I think she may have one pair on wrong side out. Although, I fully admit that one only has one mistake while the other has several!
As for reading, I finished Honey for A Teen's Heart a few days ago. I really, really liked this book. Many of the books recommended in the different sections I was not that familiar with, so I can't really say how I feel about those, but the writing of Gladys Hunt and her advice and wisdom was what I really loved about this book.
She talked about the importance of reading aloud together as a family even when children are older. She talked about the special memories they have of certain books and reading them on road trips and camping trips when it was pouring the rain.
She had a whole chapter on the "evils" of TV.
"...I know that probably the biggest enemy to personal growth is sitting in a prominent corner in a room of your house. All chairs are facing it-as if this electrical box were the source of a message from on high."
I loved that! That's is exactly how our living room is set up and almost everyone I know is the same way. She doesn't really call the TV "evil" and she talks about certain movies that her family has enjoyed, but she believes that it is way over used.
She doesn't really talk about social media much because the book was written before Facebook and I-phones.
Callie is only 12, but she will be 13 soon and her interest in reading books has not waned. She likes a large variety of books and when I saw this book at the library I remembered reading the one for younger children and thought this may be helpful for this next phase of life. I was right! There is much in this book to help us find good books and discuss what's not good. As someone who is a little terrified of this next stage, it was also very encouraging to me.
About the time I was finishing this book, Callie had just finished a book she had gotten at the library. She really enjoyed it and wanted me to read it. I honestly don't know if I would have taken the time to read that whole book if I hadn't read Gladys Hunt's book. I'm glad I did. Callie was right. It was a great book and it was fun to talk about it together.