Thursday, February 02, 2006

I Walked on the Moon

If you feel like doing something really sentimental but kind of cool, here's what you should do. Off the top of your head, make a list of the first 50 children's books that you remember reading (or listening to) when you were young. I'm taking a Children's Literature class, and although the activity I just described was not assigned (well, not exactly, we do need to choose 50 children's books to read, so I made the list to brainstorm some ideas for that), I really enjoyed doing it. It's crazy to think about, because I've always been a voracious reader, and my childhood was when it all really started and it's kind of cool to look back and see how it affected who I am now. Anyway, so I'm looking forward to rereading some of my favorite books from back then, but also ones I don't remember as well or have never read. It's crazy, I looked up a book that I remember my fourth grade teacher reading to us, but I never read it myself. So it will be interesting to see how much I remember. I also found one that I did a book report on in sixth grade, that I remember nothing about. So, should be interesting.

Actually, it got me thinking. How cool would it be to design a class (probably as a psychology class) that forced students to look back at their own childhood and own development to find the things that shaped them - their opinions, interests, etc. For me, the books I read were a huge part of that. For someone else, maybe it was the TV shows they watched, or the places that were familiar to them, a sport they used to play, etc. I just think it is an amazing activity to look back at something you haven't thought about in years, and it would be interesting to see if it still seems familiar, possibly affected your development in some way, or if it seems completely foreign and apparently didn't affect you. Anyway, enough about whatever. Just if you feel like being sentimental (and a touch egotistical), then you should do it sometime.

I have another current event!! I'm not sure how long this trend will last, but I guess if there is something interesting to talk about, then I'll bring it up. So, apparently there's going to be some sort of collaboration between Google and NASA. Can you think of anything more awesome? I think they're just at a stage where they're throwing out ideas, but they sound pretty awesome to me ("awesome" twice in two sentences, terrific grammar, really). They are talking about commercial space travel, possibly some extreme sport team that plays in zero gravity, etc. Anyway, so I'm definitely looking forward to that. I wouldn't mind a vacation to the moon, personally.

Hmm...that just reminded me of Brian Regan's DVD of one of his live shows. If you have not heard of this man, you are missing out. He's a comedian and I think that he's hilarious. He has a way of pointing out the humor in everyday life. Anyway, he talks about wishing he was one of the astronauts who has been to the moon, so that he could top any story at a dinner party with just the line, "I walked on the moon." It's funny stuff, you should really look it up.

Anyway, that's it for today, I have class in about 9 minutes, so bye!

4 Comments:

At 2/02/2006 10:53 PM, Anonymous Nina said...

Extreme sports in zero gravity reminds me of Ender's Game. If they start that up, we're totally playing :)

 
At 2/03/2006 3:18 PM, Blogger carpe_diem said...

Okay, if you pay for it. I'm still trying to get tickets for the commercial space flight in 2010, with Brad and Angelina, Sigourney Weaver, and all them. Actually, maybe I don't want to be in outer space with Sigourney Weaver. And I think Robbie Williams and William Shatner are going. So maybe I'll stay here.

 
At 2/07/2006 8:47 PM, Anonymous Jen Robinson said...

Your children's literature class sounds like a lot of fun. I like the idea of a list of 50 books. I actually have a whole website about "promoting the love of books by children, and the continued reading of children's books by adults", and I have lists of children's books that are fun for adults to read, and things like that. Actually, I think I'd have trouble limiting it to 50 books. But I hope that you'll publish your list when you have it.

 
At 3/21/2010 7:26 AM, Anonymous George said...

I remember George the friendly Ghost..and Simp the dog.

It was a while back I was going thru some old stuff in the storage room at my dads place.I found a few old childrens books my mom use to read to me.

It still felt like magic reading them again..Good blog post!!

 

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