It’s definitely summer break here in Waynesboro. The girls and I been to the pool almost every day. They have been taking swim lessons and now can out-swim me. I’ve been trying to get in the pool a lot, too, but it’s really not been very comfortable—just not quite hot enough.
I’ve been doing a lot of reading. A friend of mine told me about A Girl Named Zippy, by Haven Kimmel, which is fabulous, and let me just say WHERE HAVE I BEEN? (Oh yeah, writing my own books…) I love her writing. I read the second memoir first–She Got Up off the Couch. LOVED IT. It’s the voice, it just grabs you. But I think her novel, The Solace of Leaving Early, was brilliant. It hurt me to read it because moments in the prose were so clear, so delicately written, it just made me cry. The Used World is on my table—next to read when I finish Zippy.
I also revisited on of my favorite contemporary novelist Jane Urquhart earlier in the month. I read AWAY for the second time. Her stories are always so poetic–I wasn’t surprised to find that she is also a poet.
We haven’t done any camps yet. The girls want to do some dance camps and I am all for it. We just need to make up our minds.