Last weekend my husband and 14-year-old son were removing brush at our land, when they saw a retired man with a broken-down 80’s truck on the road. He was pulling a trailer with an antique car on it, and his wife had their shared cell phone at home that day. Our land is pretty remote and the man didn’t know what to do, since he was 65 miles from home.
My husband and son walked over to him and asked what happened. He thought that maybe the fuel pump was out, so Wayne offered to drive to town and buy one and help him install it. After installing it, the new fuel pump didn’t work, so Wayne let him use our cell phone to call AAA. Although the truck tow was covered by AAA, his trailer would cost $350 to tow to his home, far more than the man was prepared to afford.
So my husband and son loaded up this man’s trailer and antique car onto our own hitch, waved goodbye to the man who waited for his tow, and headed for his home across the state line. One the way it occurred to Wayne that the man was trusting him with valuable cargo, and that it might be one of the few items of value he had. He finally drove into the man’s yard about four hours after first finding him on the road. I think of how many ways my husband passed the torch to our son that afternoon.
A couple days ago my husband received this thank you note from the man, along with a check for $200. It’s nice to know there is still so much good in the world.
Thanks for your comment: Laurie Ashton Farook.
A book boys will love! Girls too – but I always have a soft spot for books that capture the attention of boys.
The Monstore, by Tara Lazar and James Burks, is a fun and colorful story about a hidden store that sells all sorts of “useful monsters.” Big brother Zach is trying to scare his pesky sister Gracie away from his room, but having a difficult time finding a monster that will work. And soon he finds out the Monstore has a few rules: No Refunds. No Exchanges. No Exceptions.
Students will love the characters and the illustrations in this silly story about two children making their way through sibling-hood – the boy experiencing his first taste of post-purchase dissonance. Ultimately they solve the problem together, as we all want children to do!
Great for children ages 4-7.
Thanks for your comment: Tara Lazar.
The Lost (and Found) Balloon, by Celeste Jenkins and Maria Bogade, is a beautifully illustrated, rhyming picture book about a little girl who sends a note on a balloon. The balloon takes a trip around the globe and as the story unfolds, children wonder about where in the world it might land. Ultimately the note is answered by a surprising new friend.
Children ages 4-8 will love the illustrations and the rhyming couplets in this darling book about reaching out in friendship. I love reading this type of book aloud, and asking my students to guess at the rhymes. I can’t wait to read it to my students!
I have the privilege to witness the fruits of torch-passing these days. My daughter has volunteered for two years filming book talks for elementary students. Now she’s hosting a book drive with these students, to share the books with youth in Kliptown, South Africa.
Between Paquera and our place in Pochote, the Curu Wildlife Refuge offered a great spot to see spider monkeys in their natural habitat. Well-groomed and marked trails (with varying degrees of “safe” steps and bridges) led us throughout the refuge so we could watch birds, deer and monkeys in the trees, sometimes very close. Watch out for the crocodiles in the estuary, though. Signs clearly warned us to not wade in the creek!
Tourists could also rent horses and purchase snorkel and scuba trips here, and the cottages for rent looked over a great beach. Remember to bring sun block and mosquito repellant.