Summer Break and Musing Mondays

20 Jun

Summer break came just in the nick of time.

This school year left me feeling worn out. I just finished my fourth year of teaching. While I feel like a more confident and prepared teacher than I did during my first year, each new year brings new challenges. The biggest challenge for me this year was to learn how to balance a career with motherhood. Last August, we welcomed our first child into our family – a sweet baby boy who brings so much joy to our lives. Motherhood is a tremendous learning experience! I’ll never forget the feeling I had when I walked my precious baby through our front door for the first time – I kept thinking, “What do I do with this baby all day long!?” I’ve spent countless hours staring at his sweet face, wondering how God could give me such an amazing gift. I’ve changed hundreds of diapers … and bibs … and outfits … And I’ve LOVED every second of the journey! It hasn’t always been easy, though. My demanding work schedule has often left me feeling guilty. Guilty for not spending enough time with my son. Guilty for not having just a little more time to devote to my lesson plans. Guilty for not grading and returning papers as quickly as I used to. I love my career. And I LOVE being a mommy. And I’m still figuring out how to balance both roles.

I am excited for summer break for MANY reasons. Most importantly, I will finally have time to spend with my little one! In addition, I will  be able to devote time to doing things I love. The thing I love most, of course, is reading. I’ve already finished two books, both of which I will review later. However, I thought I’d take a few minutes while my son naps to answer this week’s Musing Mondays prompt which asks, “Do you like movies made from books? Which ones do you think have been done well — kept mostly to the plot of the book, etc?

In most situations, my answer to this question is an emphatic NO! I’m almost always disappointed in the way movies interpret literary characters. I’ve mentioned in previous posts that I get attached to book characters. I never feel the same connection with my favorite characters when they are depicted in a movie. However, there is one important exception to my dislike for movies based on books – To Kill a Mockingbird. I LOVE the novel, and I LOVE the movie. While the movie leaves out several important events from the novel, I believe the directors did a masterful job of maintaining the themes and characters created by Harper Lee. I never tire of reading the book, and I never tire of watching the film.

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3 Responses to “Summer Break and Musing Mondays”

  1. Arlee Bird June 20, 2011 at 8:58 pm #

    Regrettably, I have not yet read this book that has been cited by so many as a favorite, but To Kill a Mockingbird is indeed a wonderful film.

    Lee
    Tossing It Out –Five Favorite Books

  2. caite@a lovely shore breeze June 20, 2011 at 9:22 pm #

    I have to agree with you on TKaMB…a great book and a great movie. I think that is a very rare thing.

  3. bookzilla June 20, 2011 at 11:46 pm #

    I saw this film over and over as a kid — it’s one of my mom’s favorite films, and it seems like she had it on a loop for 10 years or so. I finally read the book in high school English, and fell in just as much love with it as I had the film. Gregory Peck was a fabulous Atticus, and whenever I think of the book now, I picture him. 🙂

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