Hooray! I have been tagged by Sass E-Mum of One Strangely Lush Mother to do a book meme - for some reason, she has assumed that I read more than nutrition labels and magazine articles about parenting.
This is about books. Like the stack from the library of which I read three pages of something each night before I fall asleep and then wake when my hands have relaxed and the book falls and whacks me on the nose, waking me to realize that I'm not actually reading when my eyes are closed. Those kind of books.
Anyway, here are the rules:
- Pick up the nearest book of at least 123 pages.
- Open the book to page 123.
- Find the 5th sentence.
- Post the next 3 sentences.
- Tag 5 people.
There are a few anthologies, and a classic. Here from page 123 of Shel Silvestein's A Light in the Attic is the 5th line and the
And add some color to the chipmunk's coat.It's from a poem called "The Painter," about the guy who gives gives each animal its unique markings.
I paint the flamin' red on a Robin Redbreast,
I pour the blue on bluegills by the shore.
And when the firefly's dim
I splash silver paint on him,
And he shines more brightly than he did before.
The book was a gift from a childhood friend, it is inscribed "To my favorite friend Karen." This friend was the one who received pages of ill regard in my sixth grade diary for having the nerve to move away from my neighborhood. I don't know how I've managed to keep the book for as long as I have (going on 26 years here), especially when I think of all the other things I have cast aside over the years. I tried to read some of his poems to my children, but I think they were a little young to appreciate the wisdom and humor, but I'm betting Jake would enjoy them more now.
Rafe gave me a copy of Silverstein's The Giving Tree for the mother's day when I was pregnant with Jake. I dare you to finish the book with a dry eye.
Now, the fun part.
Adrienne from Max's Mommy because the woman feels about books the way others feel about shoes - you can never have too many. Plus, in the off chance that she hasn't had her baby yet, I bet she could use the distraction.
Ivy Brown from Ivy Brown's Stoop whom I hold responsible for the most recent addition to the books on my library pile.
Foop of One Swell Foop - she seems like the kind of person who might pick up a book or two.
LaskiGal who writes From the Cheap Seats and is an English teacher. If anyone's reading books these days, it's got to be her.
Amy of Waiting for ....? if for no other reason than the inspiration of this meme that I've been saving to do for just the right time.