25
Jul

My best friend Sally

Today’s blog post is special! It’s about my best friend Sally, who I’ve known since kindergarten! Sally may live on the other side of town, but we’ve gone to the same school for years, and we love to hang out together at the mall or at the park.

I think our friendship started when our kindergarten teacher assigned us as seatmates, and so we were always able to see what the other girl was drawing or doing on her desk. We were just little kids, so we tried to ‘improve’ the others’ macaroni artwork or whatever by reaching over and ‘fixing’ it and causing such a huge fuss! I don’t even know how we became friends after such meddling, but I think it was because we both managed to get the teacher so frazzled! And that’s how it started, the two of us were always together on the playground or at lunchtime, and that never changed all the way until high school.

My family travels a lot for vacation, so that means I get to meet a lot of different people. Most of them are just the same as other people I have already met. But Sally is the one person who remains different. I never meet anybody quite like her, so I think that’s why she’s my best friend. She’s also funny and crazy, and we love the same flavors of ice cream which is chocolate! Here’s a pic I found, dedicated to Sally.. (LOL)

choc ice cream

 

We like a lot of the same things, really, except we don’t listen to the same kinds of music. Her tastes run very much to  classic rock, while I’m more of an alternative-indie type of person. That means we do tease each other a lot about what we listen to!

Sally and I also love to watch plays together. When there’s a new production at the local theater we’re always among the first to buy a ticket– and the last, too! We’ve never seen a play less than twice. We do whole Shakespeare dialogues at the drop of a hat and play Broadway music in the car, which drives our fathers crazy! In fact, when we’re together we drive a lot of other people crazy, but we just like to have a good time.

I am super lucky to know someone like Sally, who is like a sister to me!

2
Jul

Here’s a post about my favourite book

Today I want to write about my favorite book, Magic or Not by Edward Eager. I first read this book when I was nine years old and I’ve read it every year since then! Well, I’m 14 now, so that means I’ve read this book like 5 times and I know it very well, but it never gets old for me.

This book is a classic and it’s about four friends who discover a magic wishing well and use it to make their summer the best one ever. But there’s an overarching mystery to the plot that makes the reader doubt, was everything that really happened magic or was it not? At the end of the book, they gain a new friend and find out the secret of an old abandoned house, and while it’s never clear whether what was going in is really magic (it is implied that a neighbor helped them out from afar, spoilers!) it doesn’t really matter because they had fun and learned to make friends, and changed things in the small town that they lived in.

And that’s why I really liked this book. It leaves the mystery right where it’s supposed to be and focuses on the four main characters. They all behave in relatable ways, and will easily remind you of yourself or your friends. The language Edward Eager uses is a lot of fun to read, a style similar to JM Barrie or Ursula le Guin. And the plot is paced in an enjoyable fashion that slowly guides the readers into a grand adventure, even if the characters are doing something very simple like joining an art contest or rowing a boat.

When my cousins are growing up and looking for good books to read, I always lend them my copy of Magic or Not– the epitome of a perfect summer friendship adventure!