Blog Post #5
Second Marking Period
Go ________ (Fill in the Blank), Closet Space, All Together Now, Job Day, First Amendment, Giving Thanks, Wishbone, Peeled and Cored
So, Melinda has made it through the first semester of her freshman year. Time for the 2nd semester. And the mascot battle rages on. It’s hard not to see the mascot battle as a parallel to Melinda’s struggle with her identity. Sometimes it is hard to name something, to name yourself. It’s hard enough to figure out who you are, and who you want to be in high school, imagine trying to figure that out when you are also dealing with trauma.
And once again, I am psyched about the small role the librarian plays in creating Melinda’s safe space. Any librarian dispensing a poster of Maya Angelou, and singing her praises gets my seal of approval. Have you never read Maya Angelou? Quick, Google “And Still I Rise”, just to get a small taste of Angelou’s brilliance. (You’re welcome.) And right on the heels of love, something I hate. I still hate to read about the guilt, anger, and fear that Melinda feels and experiences. This sentence kills me, “There is a beast in my gut, I can hear it scraping away at the inside of my ribs.”
Job Day. Cracks me up because I remember taking a career test in college. My top 2 careers? Forest Ranger or Interior Designer. Right. Obviously I became neither. So no worries, don’t feel locked into a career you chose in high school, or even college. I actually started college with pre-vet as a major.
And yes! Here comes David Petrakis. This book was published in 1999, yet the passage First Amendment is still so relevant today. I am so glad there are students who stand up for what is right, even if it means disagreeing with a teacher.
Thanksgiving just drives home how little support Melinda gets from home. Her parents are present physically, but not really present for her mentally. However, the saga of the turkey does provide some much needed humor.
Melinda makes some progress with her art assignment, but she still isn’t quite there. She takes a small break when she turns the wishbone from her Thanksgiving turkey into an art project. I did enjoy visualizing the wishbone art project, there is also some great symbolism to her creation. What do you think about this? Do you see any symbolism in this project?
I do like that Melinda has David Petrakis in Biology with her. Even though he is low-key and not overtly concerned about Melinda, he does not ostracize or belittle her. He helps provide her with a small connection to humanity that she so desperately needs.