The last day of December brings moments of reflection of the past year for most people. Thoughts also turn forward to the coming year. Even though resolutions usually don’t last through the month of January (at least for me), the thought of a new year with possibilities is like a new journal of blank white pages waiting to be filled. Ruth’s thoughts on the word intentions had been simmering in my mind since reading her blog entry at Two Writing Teachers a few days ago. They quickly came forward as I was reading How to Steal a Dog by Barbara O’Connor. New discoveries. An unfamiliar author. A new class read aloud for intermediate readers. The story begins with these twenty-four words: “The day I decided to steal a dog was the same day my best friend, Luanne Godfrey, found out I lived a car.” Georgina Hayes, her brother, Toby, and Mom have been evicted from their apartment after Georgina and Toby’s father abandoned the family. Mom is working two jobs to save money for a real house. Meanwhile faces and clothing are washed at different businesses throughout town, belongings are kept in trash bags and each night’s slumber takes place in the back seat of the car. The book and the author are the discoveries. Intentions. They come from Mookie, a character from the book, that crosses the children’s path. A man with a motto. Now mine for this upcoming year. “Sometimes the trail you leave behind you is more important than the path ahead of you.” If I think about the trail I leave behind no matter where I am at…that will take some intentional thinking in all that I do! Happy New Year! I would love to hear about your goals, resolutions, intentions, or whatever word best suits you. Oh, I had to visit the Amazon site to discover more about Barbara O’Connor. Greetings from Nowhere and The Fantastic Secret of Owen Jester are in the cart. More boxes!
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