[Note: This post is Day 2 of a 31 day focus on read-aloud. To see the entire list, go here: 31 Days of Read-Aloud.]
So often, a book you read leaves something with you. A couple of years ago I read the kid’s classic Bud, Not Buddy, by Christopher Paul Curtis, to my then 10 year old son.
Bud is a poor black orphan boy (also 10) living during the Great Depression. He’s on a mission to find his long-lost father, who he believes is a great jazz musician. He runs away from abusive foster homes and encounters all sorts of adventures in his quest.
One of the best things about Bud is, he’s darn clever. In fact he’s figured out a thing or two about life, least of which is that the adults around him need to be managed. In order to keep track of these important life lessons, he creates:
“Bud Caldwell’s Rules and Things For Having a Funner Life and Making a Better Liar Out Of Yourself”.
It’s quite hilarious, and if you haven’t read the book yet, do. Among the “rules and things”: if you tell a lie, keep it simple because if you don’t, you’ll forget what you said and then you’ll be in heaps of trouble.
I don’t wish to be a better liar. But Bud’s rules are mostly about having good boundaries and managing other people’s intrusions. And who doesn’t want a funner life? As a mom, I’ve created my own “rules and things”. Do you have any of these?
- Don’t let young kids get their own library card. It’s just a whole heap of trouble, because then you have to keep track of what they checked out and the increasing late fees accruing for each. They can check out books on mama’s card until they’re old enough to be responsible for their library books. Here’s a clue: if they leave library books on the floor of the SUV, they’re not ready.
- There is No Computer Time until after successful completion (and inspection) of chores
- Carrie does NOT give advances on allowances. We do not do debt here. And payday loans are the worst kind of debt.
- Carrie does not make special trips to grocery stores to get fancy obscure ingredients for one recipe that you want to cook.
- Do not let the kids have milkshakes at night, they always get stomachaches. Always.
- Curious George. I have an ancient vintage copy of this book, which is awesome because unlike the new versions, it is NOT politically correct. You may find George doing all sorts of naughty, gangsta things like playing with guns, smoking a pipe and landing himself in the jail house.
- Kitty Comes Home. I apologize I’m not sure if that’s the actual name of the book, because I can’t find it and it’s about 5:30 AM and I dare not turn on the lights around here to hunt for it. Anyway, it was an adorable pop-up book about a white kitty with an inferiority complex.
- I also read a chapter of Story of the World, Early Modern Times for history and a short passage from The Patchwork Girl by L. Frank Baum, but those don’t count. That’s school time, and read-aloud means reading fiction for pleasure (at least for me). I neglected to explain that.
What are some of your rules and things to have a funner life? Read anything good to the kids yesterday?