Monday, January 31, 2011

Weather Conditions

Her face struck me, in a sad way, in an "awww" kind of way - 
downcast brown eyes forced me to see I had been thinking only of myself.
I was relieved at the thought of a snow day, even giddy -
many of us, overworked and unappreciated get to feeling that way
this time of year.
But not her, nor her little friends.
Several of them were downright disappointed at the possibility of NOT having school.
What kind of kid doesn't LOVE a snow day?
That would be the kind that sits in my room
looking at me expectantly for the next big thing...
prime numbers, possessives, paragraphs,
Niña, I think to myself, I need this day. 
Maestra, she says with her eyes, I need you more.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Books I Should Have Read...

... will be part of my 2nd Annual Personal Reading Challenge. As I did last year, I will read 52 books by the end of 2011.  As part of this goal, I've signed up for the Books I Should Have Read in School but Didn't ChallengeI've committed to the "Literature Professor" Level, and will read 12 selections to meet this challenge. I'll read 12 selections I missed in high school and college.

This past week, a good friend of mine mentioned she was starting El amor en los tiempos del cólera.  I own the translation - Love in the Time of Cholera -  and will therefore start my reading resolutions with Gabriel García Márquez.  I should have read more of his work while in college. Now I get to have "book talks" with a friend and work toward my goals!