During my grandma’s eulogy I asked everyone in attendance to continue to tell their stories they had of her. I’m going to tell my first one today.
This is so low on the spectrum of memories or importance, but I have time to tell more important ones later.
I don’t know when exactly this took place. My parents currently have two dogs. Maya and Chico. They’re largely the same. Both small. Both go crazy when someone gets home. And both will sleep on anyone in the house.
At some point early last year when I was still at home I walked by my grandma’s room and she was lying down watching TV. She was very small in her later years, right? So she was lying on her side just watching TV. And then I noticed Chico somehow lying on top of her shoulder, asleep. She was awake.
Chico does that with everyone in the house. But I guess I just wasn’t expecting to see him there. I also wasn’t expecting her to just let him stay.
Honestly, it was just nice. I don’t remember what my exact reaction was but I’m sure I smiled. When I went on vacation last year for 8 days Chico cried by my door. So I know he knows she’s not home. But it’s okay. He’s a tough little guy.
I have a bit of a special relationship with this series. In elementary school my art teacher would play the audiobooks while we worked. I believe it’s also how I was first introduced to Harry Potter.
I’ve never read the books. I definitely don’t remember any of the stories from 13-15 years ago. The one thing that has stuck with me is that I know I enjoyed listening to the stories.
Now Netflix has adapted the first couple of books in season 1 of its new series. It may be time to read the first few books and watch the series. I mean, a trip down memory lane never hurt anyone.
What’s your experience with this series?
I have to be honest. I don’t know anything about him. I couldn’t tell you a single book he wrote. I couldn’t even tell you the name of any series he wrote. Now I bet you’re wondering why I’d write about him if I know nothing about him. Well, because every time I opened WordPress yesterday I came across posts written about him. I’m talking dozens. And it would appear to me that he made a lasting impact on a great many people.
I’m not going to talk about his death. I’m not going to talk about some of his best books that have been mentioned countless times over the last 24 hours. I want you to do that. I want you to tell me about this man who is so beloved by so many. Tell me anything you want. Maybe you have a favorite book of his? Maybe you have a story about how one of his books helped you during a difficult time? Maybe you were lucky enough to meet him some time ago? Anything. I just want to know about the person who has now left the literary world at a loss.
On this day in 2014 published You’re Currently Reading Something…Tell me About it!.
I’d meant to post this sooner, but I didn’t have it written down on my phone’s notepad app like I do all my other blog ideas. Funny story, I usually just write down blog ideas as soon as I think of them. But sometimes I open the app and have no idea what I wanted to write. Then I scroll through the list and it only further complicates the matter. I usually forget until the next day or something. Maybe I have some kind of memory loss.
Anyway, back to this post. Penguin Random House announced their “Give a Book” program a little while back. I think it was in November. This is about the easiest thing you can do to make a small difference. The program is simple. The folks at Penguin Random House will donate a book to Save the Children every time someone tweets using #GiveaBook. That’s it! That’s all you have to do! Seriously.
Save the Children is a non-profit that literally does everything you can imagine for children around the world, including here in the US. And a book will be donated if you just tweet #GiveaBook.
I don’t know if the 25,000 limit has been reached yet, but what’s it matter? Tweet anyway. I’m getting in on the fun. If you feel like reading some very random and non-book related tweets, follow me on Twitter here. I’m a lot more…outspoken on there.