April 18 is the anniversary of my father’s death. It was timely that Timmy reminded me that it was also the day of readergirlz’s Operation Teen Book Drop. I participated in this last year, and I believe that promoting reading is a good way to honor my father’s lifelong role as an educator and mentor to young people. Plus he loved reading and writing.
This year, I dropped two books:
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants is appropriate for ages twelve and up, so I left it tucked into a tree near a local middle school. (The books are in bags because it was either drizzling or raining much of today.) I was a little leery of leaving anything anywhere, but my motives were pure.
The second book, The Object of My Affection is best-suited for a post-high school teen, so I left it on a bench near a college library.
I hope both books find new homes with readers who enjoy them as I have.
Timmy also made me aware that today was Poem In Your Pocket Day. I did indeed put a poem on my phone, in my pocket, as I dropped books and ran other errands. Here’s a screen cap of the William Carlos Williams poem I chose both because he’s an award-winning American poet and because it’s April.
I’m grateful for a life that has been filled with good poets, novelists, teachers, and a great father.