Spring sprang very early for upstate New York this year - day after day of gorgeous weather when I just had to be outside and read my outside books. I finished Trollope's "He Knew He Was Right," and moved on to the new Penderwicks book.
And now I'm done. Sigh.
It's much better than the first book - just as old-fashioned and atmospheric, but with better characters and believable adults. The father is particularly likeable this go-round. His desperate attempt to avoid dating is hilarious - although I find it hard to believe that no one in that family has discovered a certain author yet.
One of the girls, Jane, writes a school play that is all too similar to the kind of thing I was doing at that age. In fifth or sixth grade I wrote a play about the Greek Gods, and made my poor classmates perform. I was Apollo, I think, mostly because I had a gold nightgown that was just right for Apollo. Or so I thought.
And then one of the girls dresses as a Greek goddess for Halloween. During that same period of my Greek mythology obsession (no Romans for me, thank you - I was a total snob about only using the Greek names of the gods), I dressed up as Artemis for Halloween. We lived in NY at the time, and my mother made me wear a coat. The year was 1971, and I was a transplanted Californian, so my coat was orange and pink paisley, with white furry trim on the hood and collar. Not, I tried to convince my mother, a coat that Artemis, virgin goddess of the hunt, would wear. It was bad enough that I had to wear a turtleneck underneath the tunic. But since it snowed that night, I had to wear the coat, too.
Oh well. I'm not sure that the blue horn-rimmed glasses added to the costume, either.