Congratulations to Billy and Lucia

A childhood friend and sister of mine tied the knot this pass weekend. She didn’t hire me as her photographer but I was glad when she approached me and asked if I could take a few pictures after her photographer left the wedding early. I hope she likes the few pictures I took.

Congrats Girl!

Lucia & Billy

Lucia looked gorgeous on her wedding day. I loved her gloves, the detail of the dress and of course the detail  of her hat.

Lucia and Billy and Family

Banned Books

Last year one of my little fifth graders came in my classroom and asked me what masturbation meant. I first asked her to repeat the question to make sure I was hearing correctly, then I asked her where she heard the word.

It’s in this book I’m reading

What’s the title?

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

Oh, I replied. Can I see the book?

She gave me the book and I told her to first let me scan the book and then we could ‘talk’. For the rest of the day I was wondering how to handle this situation. Finally, at the end of the day she came back for her book. I told her to first give me more time to read it. I thought maybe she was reading a book that was not written for her age bracket but then I found out the total opposite. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie is written for people her age!

To say the least, I never explained what the word meant neither did she get her book back. Instead I gave her Ellie McDoodle Have Pen, Will Travel by Ruth McNally Barshaw.

I learned from that this week is supposed to be Banned Book Week. Fight against censorship and free speech they call it…who’s fighting to keep our children innocent?