Today we started the next book for the co-op. It’s thirty-four chapters long so I wanted to be sure we wouldn’t be struggling at the end. I’d forgotten how short some of the chapters are. The last time I read this one was in seventh grade. I was a little older than Corde. I also had to read it myself, which makes all the difference. I now understand how this book needs to be read. You need to have the voices and the right way of speaking the things the characters say.
What are we reading now? A tale filled with seedy pirates on the high seas, Treasure Island. I remember hating this book, but I’m having more fun reading it to the kids.
Of course, my kids don’t like being read to. They never had much patience for it. When they were each little they never wanted to sit down for stories. I gave up on bedtime stories as a result. They were always too independent for that. They wanted to do it all on their own.
The kids kind of hate Treasure Island already. It’s frustrating. I know the stories are older and less interesting. Corde much prefers stuff like Loisa May Alcott and Jane Austin writes. Beekee used to be more alright with listening, but since his trip to Georgia he’s been all about television and violent games. We’d been working so hard to curb the violent tendencies and rough housing, but all that hard work has now been undone. As a result, he’s got no patience for sitting down to anything that requires listening.
On top of our new book, we’ve been busy! Today we went back to our old house to pack things up. We got out all our gear for faire, as well as a number of things we can possibly sell. We should be ridding ourselves of a lot of things, and with a little money for our time. It’s slow going getting everything packed up, but we’re getting there. It feels good to be on our way!