A few months ago I had a blog idea that I brought to Megan — a ‘books, blankets, and big mugs’ kind of idea. I started writing about my most recent Labor Day read — The Boston Girl, that same day. And now here I am,
four five months later, finally posting my blog. No time like January February, when everything is fresh-starts and rainbows…? So by now, you’ve noticed that clearly I wrote this a month ago. Maybe even a month and a half. Usually, by February, those fresh starts have turned into ‘sometimes habits’ and those rainbows are starting to fade. Oh well.
This book resonated with me for so many reasons. First and most obviously, I was reading it on the beach in Nantucket — Boston-ish. Perfect. If you’ve never been to Nantucket, go. We loved it and I’m convinced I should summer there for the rest of my life. Addie (in this story, the all-American her parents never wanted her to be) is for one, hilarious, and two, as badass as all of us wish we could be. The short amount of time it took me to read this book, I only wanted to live in Boston and be Addie. I loved walking through her life, learning her lessons, and making connections between her life and the life of girls today. Girls like me, my friends, and the girls that I see walking the halls of our little school everyday. Something I noticed while reading is how insightful I thought everything was, without being preachy and full of cliche quotes. I’ll share a couple of my favorite thoughts, but you’ll have to dive into the book to find the rest of Anita Diamant’s land mine realizations.
“If you treat every question like you’ve never heard it before, your students feel like you respect them and everyone learns a lot more. Including the teacher.” // It’s important for us teachers to remember that while we may have taught this same lesson a dozen times, it’s always to a new bunch of students, who are just that, students. They’re learning. Don’t get caught up in how many times you’ve answered a question, get caught up in the simple fact that your students are asking and therefore learning. THAT is the important part.
“Back then, asking a woman to do that would have been like asking when a man was going to walk on the moon — something only a crazy person would say. Don’t let anyone tell you things aren’t better than they used to be.” and “Never apologize for being smart.” // Girls. Many women worked hard to get us where we are today. Let’s not let those efforts go to waste. Show everyone what you’ve got in that brain of yours. I dare you.
“You should always be kind to people. You never know what sorrows they’re carrying around.” // Just because. I think sometimes we forget to be human.
I suppose at the time of my Labor Day Nantucket trip, my blanket would’ve been a yellow striped towel, and my big mug, would’ve been a bloody mary in the morning sun of the Nantucket beach, but not today.
It’s January in Western New York, so I’m wrapped in a blankie and sipping hot cocoa. Again, finally publishing this post in February means it’s February, and I’m in Florida, enjoying the sunshine. Sorry, New York people and happy reading, friends.
Love, Heather.Tags: anita diamant, beach read, books, life lessons, nantucket, reading, the boston girl, vacation, women