The youngest boy and I finally went to see the DIARY OF A WIMPY KID movie, accomplishing one of our vacation goals.
I thought it was hilarious. I totally embarrassed the poor boy with my loud laughter. Kind of like Greg is perpetually embarrassed by his family…
A couple of times I had to check in with him – Wasn’t that funny? To which he responded I am laughing in my head.
In fact, although he loves that series of books and enjoyed the movie, I think maybe some parts of it hit a little too close to home. He starts middle school next year – and there’s some thought and concerns going on about that. Some things are just funnier later; sometimes much later. You have to have survived the experience to get the humor.
I hated middle school. Which might be part of the reason I loved teaching middle school. It’s such a unique – but often painful – time of life. We all end up with battle scars of some sort. Looking back gives you enough time and distance to see the funny parts.
For some not so funny experiences, authors Carrie Jones and Megan Kelley Hall have started a Facebook page in an effort to stop bullying. Bullying is not funny. Check it out.
From their page: This group was created for Young Adult authors and readers to come together and put an end to bullying. Victims of bullying do not need to feel like they are alone. We are creating a platform for your stories. We are creating a safe haven for your concerns. We encourage all YA authors to become a part of this group, so that we can provide updates, mission statements, action items and simple ways to spread the anti-bullying cause. Please join our fight to end bullying and to give a voice to those who cannot or are too afraid to be heard.
Sarah Wones Tomp
WRITING ON THE SIDEWALK