A Safety Solution

We are reading a book called “The Crossover” in seventh grade Language Arts. We have been studying poetry, and this book is entirely written with poems. And since I always say: “Poetry is meant to be read out loud and heard,” I am reading it out loud in class.

The book is awesome. I highly recommend it. However, there are some emotional parts. I’m reading those right now. I’m trying hard not to get a wobbly voice and teary eyes, but it’s hard. Yesterday I think I might have come up with a solution: I got out a safety pin, and poked it into my leg while I was reading the emotional parts. I successfully read with a mostly straight voice.

Today will be the big test though. It’s the most emotional section of the book. Yikes!

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3 Responses to A Safety Solution

  1. Lauren says:

    A safety pin! Genius! Much better than my ‘think about carrots’ strategy. I should take a safety pin to church. It seems I’m always crying there.

    Good luck with today’s read. If it helps, imaging that I’m behind you with a really big safety pin and I’m ready to stab you. 🙂

  2. Debbie Fettig says:

    I’m really laughing out loud over here!!!!!!!!!! A safety pin!!! That’s not what I expected to read next. I’ve pinched myself before with my fingernails to make myself get a grip! Whatever works!!

  3. Carol says:

    As Julia Roberts said to her character’s son in the movie, “You are a wonder!”, Brad Royuk. Love you…

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Ed and Jo fly home today. It was a great visit. Please pray for their safe travel.

I went to regular Bible study last night. Kaala and Andrea had some home-made lilikoi jelly and lilikoi butter. Lilikoi is what everyone here calls passion fruit.

They put out some of the lilikoi butter to put on the corn bread from dinner. It was SO good. When I went home, they sent some lilikoi jelly with me. Yay! I sometimes have some toast with jelly at night before bed, and this will be perfect!



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Snow Day

When the people of Maui woke up yesterday morning, there was snow on Haleakala!

See the white at the tippy top?

See the white at the tippy top?

We had already planned to drive to the top yesterday, and the snow didn’t change our mind. But when we got to the entrance to the national park, there was standstill traffic. We sat there for well over an hour. We couldn’t figure out what it was. Turns out, it was just volume. I had forgotten how rare snow is in Hawaii.

I fell asleep a couple of times while we waited.  I wasn't driving.

I fell asleep a couple of times while we waited. I wasn’t driving.

The snow at the top was magical.

Usually this hill is just dirt.

Usually this hill is just dirt.

Do you see all the people in this picture?

Do you see all the people in this picture?

It was so fun watching people in the snow. They were giggling and smiling and laughing. People were making snowballs and posing for pictures and making snowmen. It was heartwarming.

We ended our time on the volcano with a stop at the winery. The grounds there are beautiful, particularly the gigantic trees.

A quick stop at Walmart, and we were home again. I had to go to bed early. I have school today.

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A Day of Views

Yesterday after church, we went to the golf course for the brunch buffet. My mom had been there in 2013, and wanted to go back. It was delicious. It also has a gorgeous view of the valley and Haleakala.

So beautiful.

So beautiful.

After napping because of all the food we ate, we went to Ed and Jo’s hotel. It’s giant and beautiful.

There were many waterfalls.

There were many waterfalls.

We walked the grounds a little bit, but didn’t stay outside because it was raining. We got drinks at a bar whose walls were made completely of glass. The view of the ocean was amazing.

Dark and stormy.

Dark and stormy.

In the evening we tried to find a place to eat, but the restaurants all had long waits. We went to a salad place and all got clam chowder. It was an unexpected end to the evening, but actually kind of nice – just a bunch of friends gathered at an informal restaurant enjoying each other’s company.

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Trip to Hana

We drove to Hana yesterday. It was a perfect day. The clouds kept the sun from being too hot, but they didn’t drop any rain on us. Yay!

I didn’t take too many pictures. I got one of some cats sleeping on a dumpster. They were cute:

They only opened their eyes a little bit when we came close.

They only opened their eyes a little bit when we came close.

My mom sent me a picture of her and me on the black sand beach:

I think the lens was smudged a little.

I think the lens was smudged a little.

And I got a picture of everyone’s back at Ho’okipa (the surfing beach).

It looks like an album cover.  Do bands to album covers any more?

It looks like an album cover. Do bands to album covers any more?

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