Tuesday, September 9, 2008

He's Had Worse Ideas!

My girls - my twins - love to read.


They have been known to spend hour after hour after hour - reading!


They love Harry Potter - LOVE IT!


They have read all the Harry Potter books over and over again.


They love the Twilight series!


They love many different books and lots of different authors.


Given their choice of buying anything they want - they will ALWAYS choose books!


If I take them anywhere near a book store - their eyes will begin to twitch and sweat will bead on their foreheads and they will begin to drool - REALLY!


Well ...


As much as they love to read ...


They are not all that happy about reading books they are required to read - such as ...


The Grapes of Wrath.


It was a summer reading requirement.


I know, I know - it is a classic and lots of people love the book, but ... not my girls - NOPE!


We bought one book at the beginning of the summer.


Courtney began to read the book at the end of July.


Chloe - believing that Courtney would certainly finish the book in a couple of days - waited for her sister to finish before she would be able to begin.


Needless to say - a week before school was to start - Chloe had not yet read the required book and Courtney was still not done.


These are girls that can read a new Harry Potter book - cover to cover - in 18 hours or less. But ... The Grapes Of Wrath Courtney found ... bor-ing!


So ...


The twins' father suggested ... "Courtney - once you get to the middle of the book - let me know and I will cut the book in half and give the first half to Chloe."


*Tee Hee*


This sounded like a good idea to me.


Not that destroying a perfectly good classic by John Steinbeck, was a good thing - but ... it made little sense to purchase a second book - especially one that they hated so much.


Even I - thought this was not a bad idea.


But ...


Chloe worried.


Worried she would need her own book.


Worried they would need their own books in class during the review - during the discussion.


Worried ...


She would have to tell her teacher ...


"Uh ... Page 231?"


"Can you wait a minute ..."


"For me to go across the room ..."


"To get the other half of the book ..."


"From ...


"MY SIS-TER!"


She worried ...


Worried ...


That ...


She might have to tell her English teacher ...


"Yes ..."


"We chopped it in half ..."


"The Grapes Of Wrath ..."


"Yes ..."


"My ... redneck daddy thought it was a good idea ..."


"Yes ..."


"That's just the way we do things ..."


"In the ... On The Upside --- household!"


On the upside ... We bought another book. Chloe was relieved. For a while there - I think she was scared we were actually going to do it. And ... I think she might also have been a bit scared when she realized that I - her mother - was in agreement with her redneck father about this book-chopping idea. It had never happened before where the mother agreed on any redneck idea the father had. It definitely seemed to worry her.

Come to think of it - that's not a good sign.

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59 comments:

Smoochiefrog said...

First off, LOVE the picture. It goes perfectly with the Redneck Slip 'n' Slide from my pictures yesterday. :)

I've never read Grapes of Wrath. It seemed too boring to me to even try to read. :)

I like your husband's idea though. Seems like a good plan to me!

tammy said...

That's too funny!

Oh how I love to read too, but never the required reading. I can't even join a book club because I don't want someone telling me what I have to read. It would feel too much like homework.

And I loved the Twilight series too!

Sally said...

I don't think we had to read that book back in the dark ages, or maybe it was because I took typing. hahahaha Good for Billy with that redneck thinkin' cap on!! :)

:)De said...

I love this blog! I often find myself laughing at the title before the page even loads. Thanks. I have serious readers here too, but they are spoiled as I usually buy 2 or more 1 cent copies from amazon.com or ebay (one designated to the bathroom alone.... ya'll know you read there too!)

Peace,
:)De

Rachel said...

*snort*

That is all.

utmomof5 said...

HATE that book!!!! Never got more than 1/4 of the way through. Personally I am a cliffnotes kind of girl :)

Aleta said...

Have to admit that I never read it and based on your children's reactions, I have no inclination to do so now. Lol. I remember reading "Great Expectations" as summer fun. I couldn't stand how it began, but by the end of summer, I just had to know how it ended.

I like the "chop the book in half" idea ~ too funny!

Brittany said...

ha ha ha! I would have worried too!! EEK! I would have also been 100% ok with cutting that book in half... blech... not one of my fav. books!

Joanna said...

Hee hee - that is soo funny. I can picture the look of panic.

Shellie said...

I would so do that if I had a twin.

Eagles' Wings said...

You and your hubby sure share the same sense of humor.

Can imagine the hilarious laughs that goes on in your household.

Darla said...

Oh, I was all for it! I suppose, that would have looked a little bad though once they got to school! :)

Darla said...

AND, the reading thing reminds me of when I would play piano. I taught myself all the classic pieces I loved...would hardly ever practice my lessons like I should have. Too much like work! My teacher always said, "You have SO MUCH POTENTIAL. If ONLY you would practice more!" I only took lessons 2 years and couldn't stand it anymore. Continued playing for years on my own.

Amanda said...

I love the idea!! hehe!!
I love the redneck swimming pool too!! :D

another good thing said...

I remember traveling through Europe reading a thick Stephen King book , tearing off chapters as I went. I was entertaining the world- not ruining a book, right?

Rebecca said...

It's so awesome that they love to read. I agree with them on The Grapes of Wrath though. Bo-ring! Glad Chloe got her own copy so she wouldn't have to fret, but the idea of cutting it in half is hilarious!

Brenda said...

I love to read too but required reading wasn't my favorite thing to do in high school either. Your husband's idea was a pretty good one.

dlyn said...

Too funny Kellan - I think the teacher would have gotten a kick out it. And you could always put it back together with duct tape, right? I loved the Grapes of Wrath though - anything by Steinbeck is good with me!

Cheeky said...

Funny how when its reading for pleasure we can get through things so quickly but when its "required" its just not as fun - no matter how good the story is.

Kel said...

Cute...it does make sense though, especially if they don't like the book? hehehe

Thanks for stopping by, it was good to see you around!
~K

Tara said...

Oh my gosh, this is so funny! I love it!

Amy said...

Sounds like something that my husband would have suggested.:)

I hated to read the required reading in school too...I loved to read romance and mysteries, but I hated the Mythology book that I was required to read. Yuck!

God Bless,
Amy:)

Jen said...

Oh gosh, I'm glad you didn't go along with that idea, because I'm sure that is exactly what would have happened! I'm ashamed to say I don't think I ever read the book - sounds like I didn't miss much, huh?

Courtney said...

I am laughing while reading. That is too cute!

Dawn said...

That is very funny! I love to read as well, but not required books. I was so happy after college to actually have time to read books I chose!

Kelly said...

Cute story. We never had to read that one in school. My favorite "required reading" in high school was The Great Gatsby. It was so romantic. I've read it quite a few times since.

sting said...

never read that book but judging from some of the other comments, your girls weren't the only ones who didn't like it :-)

Queen of My Domain said...

I love your picture...it's way to funny. Some books take me forever to read through and some I just race through. I guess I'm one of the few that actually enjoyed The Grapes of Wrath. But then again I enjoy most of Steinbacks books.

Tanja said...

That's great that they have a love for reading, but I agree it stinks when you have to read for an assignment. Especially something boring!

However, that story is great...I love it!

Kaci said...

I must agree boooring!! :) Glad they didn't chop the book though! LOL! :)

Monogram Queen said...

That SO sounds like something my husband would actually DO! LOL
I hate having to force myself to read a book .. though it's rare!

Heather said...

I've read several "classics" I wouldn't mind chopping in half and then some. But I've never the Grapes of Wrath. I'll have to and see if it's chop worthy.

bren j. said...

Oi. Your poor girls! Having to read Steinbeck! And during summer holidays yet! They have my sympathies. (I 'love' Steinbeck....can you tell?)

So, did it turn out that Little Billy was actually sick? Hope he's feeling better.

THopgood said...

Thanks for the laugh Kellan!

We're a reading loving family too with the same hatred for "required reading."

Cattigan said...

LOL I understand wanting to chop that book! Are you familiar with Shelfari.com? Your girls would love it if they are just as much of worms as I am. Book worms that is!

Karen said...

I must say that I also despised the Grapes of Wrath. I found the character development to be interminable!!!! I think I prefer Harry Potter to that book, too! *grin*

Stacie said...

ha, I am the same way. I can get through a fictional book within a weekend (if there is time) but the self help books that are piling up take me A LOT longer to get through.

April said...

Ha ha! That would have been HILARIOUS if you had chopped it in half!

Ellyn said...

It seems like an OK idea to me. Way better then buying a second book that you don't even like to begin with.

Good N Crazy said...

Okay. 1) I totally would have done it. 2) would have done the redneck pool thing too! 3) LOVED grapes of wrath at 17, what is wrong with them??? 4) Had much harder time with Les Miserables. Took me YEARS and Years to finish the first 1/4 of the book which is ONLY about the boring and too perfect (no one is THAT good) priest. The whole first quarter of the book! But once I got through him, wow how I loved the rest of that book too.... Tell the girls about that one.

Leah said...

I had trouble getting through that book in high school as well! I never thought about having to buy doubles of books like that (required reading). Lucky for me, all our required reading books were purchased by the school and LOANED to the students.

Bonnie the Boss said...

That is too funny. We do things that way at home too!

Tabitha said...

I am so glad that you bought the second book ~ the embarassment for your daughter would have been too much ha ha !!
I love Harry Potter and Twilight ~ but have never read the other one!!
Sounds a bit too serious for me (ha ha !!)
love and hugs XXXXXX

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

That's definitely a wonderful book that is wasted on high-schoolers.

At least they cared about getting the reading done.

Julie said...

I'd probably think the Grapes of Wrath was boring too *lol* (and I love to read!)

Mimi said...

Do you remember in Little House on the Prairie when the girls had to share a book and would sit next to each other and read from their pages?

See, it could have been worse.

That's an ambitious reading project, though. Wow.

Mary Beth said...

It took an entire chapter to get a turtle across the road. I hated that book in high school and my views haven't changed since I got older. I know it's considered a classic but give me Harry Potter anytime!

Kaye Butler said...

I think that my husband would love the redneck pool, luck would have that he married such a down to earth intellegent....wait, where did that dream wife run off to and how did I get stuck in Arkansas, REdneck country?

I love your blog...sent over here by Carissa at Good & Crazy People!

My 13 year old was grounded once and I made her earn stuff back...one non matching shoe at a time. Is that redneck?

LaskiGal said...

As a former English teacher, let me just say for the record that I do not endorse required summer reading.

What an awesome way to make kids who already hate reading hate it even more.

And, what a way to irritate, frustrate, and annoy your students who LOVED to read before you forced a "classic" upon them.

Maddening . . .

Amanda said...

I love the idea! Especially if its a book they can't even seem to finish....oh well!

But I can relate to your girls. I can read and read, but give me a book I HAVE to read and I just can't see to do it. I'm just glad those years are behind me (at least for now).

MamaGeek said...

I'm here giggling because at first glance I thought that was YOUR HUBBY in that photo!

I don't know many high schoolers who actually ADORED that book! :)

truth said...

So funny. Sounds like a great idea to me.

Are You Serious! said...

♥ Too funny! :)

Angela said...

too funny!!
I think it was a good idea too

Threeundertwo said...

I would have done it in a heartbeat.

I loved the Grapes of Wrath. Maybe next time they get stuck, see if you can find the audiobook from the library. Sometimes listening to a story is a lot more interesting.

Jaina said...

Sounds like a great idea to me. I got out of reading that "classic". However, I did NOT escape The Great Gatsby, Lord of the Flies or House On Mango Street. I went against popular reading and was THE ONLY one to read Pride and Prejudice in 10th grade. (instead of the shorter, less work Farenheit 451 or some such book) and thus began my love affair with Pride and Prejudice and all things Jane Austen. It was the best thing I ever picked up.

Jyl @ MommyGossip said...

OK... my hubbie totally did this in high school--The Car Pool they called it. They would drive around all night, go through drive thrus, and think they were sooooo cool! I have heard many a story of the infamous Car Pool and soooo wish I had a pic of it. I can't wait to show T-Daddy this one. He will totally relate and laugh.

Janet said...

I'm with Courtney. Grapes of Wrath is a borefest. I have an MA in English, and Steinbeck ranked right up there with Matthew ARnold for me. The only Steinbeck book I ever read that didn't bore me was "To A God Unknown." And even that one had bits I could have done without.

I have seen that pool picture before, but it never loses the funny.

bermudabluez said...

I love to read too, Kellan, but NOT that book! Love the swimming pool!

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