Tuesday, May 15, 2012

A delightfully quirky kid

Snuggler (10) is writing a novel. I asked her, briefly, what it's about. She replied, "Copyright infringement."
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On the recommendation of a friend, Little Guy is reading Gregor the Overlander, by Suzanne Collins. Andrew asked, "What's it like?" Little Guy commented that it's a bit weird, because the main character is a cockroach.

Snuggler says brightly, "Oh! That must be why his name is Gregor. Like Gregor Samsa, in Metamorphosis!"

Andrew stares at her and says, "How do you know about Metamorphosis?"

She replies, "You learn a lot on the subway. There's an excerpt on one of the Poetry in Motion posters. It starts, "One morning, when Gregor Samsa woke from troubled dreams...""

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Her current reading:
Great Expectations, by Dickens
Creative Workshop: 80 Challenges to Sharpen Your Design Skills by David Sherwin
and roughly 15 library books

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Snuggler is worried about middle school. We should find out admissions results by the end of the month. If she gets into the more-local school (less than 30 minutes by subway), she'll go there. But she is certain she bombed the admissions test. The other school is a hefty hour away, and it's unlikely any of her neighborhood friends will be going there.

It's possible she won't get into either; life can be like that, sometimes. "What will we do then?" she wants to know. I told her we'd probably homeschool her again, even if I'm working full time. Because she's a kid for whom the flexibility works well.


  1. From Gregor Samsa to Dr. Zizmor - the subways have it all.

  2. I'm a seventh grade teacher and I just finished reading Wonder, by RJ Palacio. I wonder if it's made its way into any of your children's reading. I've gotten a lot of mileage out it with mini-book talks in my classes--beautifully written full of issues kids can and cannot relate to and some wonderful music.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=49ZyywoMSM0

    1. Funny you should mention that. We just borrowed that from the library and Snuggler came out today raving about it. I haven't heard such praise for a book from her since To Kill a Mockingbird!

  3. Copyright infringement! That's just delightful. This one should go far. :)