Let me start off tonight by proclaiming: I have learned over the last few weeks to never trust a ground hog...
We seem to be enduring the Year of the Never Ending Winter here in the Midwest. With the temperatures barely in the 30s again today (in March, I might remind you), our Engineer and I stayed inside where it's warm and toasty.
After a snuggle in the Hug Chair with some warm puppies, I continued my training for the 5K I am running with the Producer in a little over a month. I am pleased with my progress. My knee is much stronger. I am no longer wearing the knee brace, and I started week five of my training today. This means I am right on track with the eight week C25K training program I am using to get ready for the run.
Later in the afternoon, we completed another day of 10th grade, and I took a few minutes to do my March Quest: read a bit more in Praying for Strangers. Hubby arrived home to offer a surprise dinner date where we set the dieting aside for an evening and enjoyed some yummy Mexican food.
Now I sit here ready to write a little bit about a favorite book when I remembered that I didn't share the exciting start to my day today! This morning, shortly after getting up to see Hubby off to work, I checked my blog views and saw that someone from Australia read my post from yesterday!
That just really tickled me because although I didn't highlight it, the main character of yesterday's book, Alexander, references Australia several times throughout the story. I hope that down under reader enjoyed the post on Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. It just made me smile. I love when stuff like that happens!
Anyway, I had so much fun remembering that cute little book, that it reminded me of my ALL TIME FAVORITE CHILDREN'S BOOK: Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes. If you aren't familiar with this adorable read, I encourage you stop by the library and check it out.
The library happens to be exactly where we picked up this fantastic find. It was many years ago when our Engineer was a cute little 1st grader. We were on our regular visit to the local library. I was sitting in a tiny little chair at a tiny little table in the Children's Area while the boys searched for an armful of books to take home for the week. I was reading a book I had picked up for myself when my sweet little Engineer brought me a book he had picked out for me.
My boys are very boy boys and they are not interested in anything girlie. So our Engineer saw this book, flipped through it, realized Lilly was a very girlie girl, and thought it was more a book for me than him....and he was SO right!
Lilly makes our Engineer's eyes roll...even now...all these years later. He has no interest in her "movie star sunglasses - complete with glittery diamonds, nor her new purple plastic purse that plays a jaunty tune when it is opened, not even the three shiny quarters she carries inside".
But I LOVE Lilly! I love her zest for life...her excitement about being at school...the way she loves her teacher...the way she feels so bad after she misbehaves...and the "very very sorry" note she writes when asking for forgiveness. I get Lilly.
I have had a few Lilly's in my own classroom.
Heck...let's be honest...I am Lilly.
So that day, when our Engineer introduced me to this sweet, adorable little story, I was so touched by the fact that when he came across a book that he had no interest in, he didn't just forget it and move on. No, even as a little seven year old guy, he looked it over, and thought of me and how much I might enjoy it.
Of course, he had no idea that this simple little story of forgiveness and second chances for a girlie girl who loves life (and the way her red cowgirl boots go "clickety-clickety-click down the school hallway"...) would become my all time favorite children's book. But it did.
It's my favorite because Lilly is so Lilly...and it's my favorite because my cute little round faced guy looked up at me with those sparkling brown eyes and a big grin when he handed me a book he thought I would love. And I do.
As I have mentioned before, our family is fond of latching onto favorite phrases. One of them is from this book. After a day of bad decisions from Lilly, her teacher Mr. Slinger writes her a merciful little note that says: "Today was a difficult day. Tomorrow will be better."
The next day Lilly returns to school with a note of her own written to Mr. Slinger apologizing for the choices she made the day before. Mr. Slinger forgives her and Lilly realizes "Mr. Slinger was right - it had been a better day"!
Sometimes when we face a difficult day in our house, Hubby will say, "Mr. Slinger is always right. Tomorrow will be better." And you know what? It always seems to be.
And I bet it is even in...Australia.