Dear Melynda, and hangers on,
Mel, have I mentioned to you that your book is absolutely delightful?
And it's hilarious?
And it's sweet?
In case you hangers on haven't read it yet, Just Nonsense consists of posts Melynda wrote for her blog, Crazy World, from January to March, 2011. I wasn't following Melynda at that time, so the book gave me a chance to see her start out as a blogger, and I didn't have to flip from one post to another on the computer. All I had to do was flip a page.
"The Great Mouse Hunt" made me laugh, Mel, as did many of your stories. "Mr. P's First Love Story" is a hoot. I absolutely adored Elisa's daughter, The Hippie, getting angry at Mr. P. for leaving her alone outside: "The Hippie leapt off my lap like Tigger, she ran over to him, and put her tiny little finger in his face and said, "Paaarker! That was not nice!"
Thank Heavens The Hippie decided, eventually, to forgive Mr. P. I just wish someone could figure out why that child has a Boston accent.
I could relate to Mr. P thinking he was African American when he got a tan. When The Hurricane was four, she asked me why Grandpa was black but I'm white.
Grandpa was not black. She saw him during summer vacations when he had a dark tan.
But I was impressed by your wisdom, too, Melynda. I loved the idea of the mom jail in "A Lesson He's Never Forgotten," when the boys got in trouble and you and other moms created a jail for the naughty boys, filled with work and drudgery and bread and water for meals. And talking to the police.
What a way to teach kids that their behavior can have serious consequences, especially as they grow older.
Mel, you are so practical and down to earth and smart and kind. You are the one person who has said to me, "Jane, just stop it."
And I needed to be told.
You are my coach in weight loss and in writing and in life.
Cheers to Melynda and Just Nonsense.
I purchased my copy of Just Nonsense from Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/Just-Nonsense-1-Melynda-Fleury/dp/1466381434/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1330578928&sr=8-2. You can also purchase the ebook at http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/137018/.
Melynda, I am so proud of you.
Infinities of love,