Two nights a week, I work at the library and ML spends the night at her dad’s house. I call every Wednesday and Thursday night. ML isn’t, nor has she ever been, a big talker on the phone. In the past, she’s said “Mommy, I can’t talk, I’m watching a show.” or “I’m playing a game. Good-bye!” or “Hello. Goodbye.” All these conversations end with us blowing a kiss to each other.
Last week, ML said, “Mommy, you’re interrupting my reading.” I asked questions about her day but didn’t receive an answer. Instead, I heard her whispering words from the book Gooney Bird Greene by Lois Lowry. “. . .her second day at Watertower Elementary School, Gooney Bird Greene was wearing a pink ballet tutu over green stretch pants and she had three small red grapes, an avocado and an oatmeal cookie for lunch.”
Gooney Bird reminds me of ML, a fiesty, friendly, free-spirit. Middy Thomas’ illustrations look like ML. . . creative clothes and imperfect hair. I’m betting ML will read all five books in the series before New Year’s Eve. Luckily, in January of 2014, Gooney Bird and All Her Charms is scheduled for release.
Thankfully, ML wasn’t too busy to blow me a kiss Thursday night.