My son, a junior in high school, just left the house for his part-time job. He started work on Monday, doing odd jobs, yard work, and maintenance for a small farmer who is starting a microbrewery in our town. This is his second year with his employer. So the challenge is to fit his remaining schoolwork, paper route, and our yard work into the second half of his day. Two things encouraged me this morning.
Part of Collin’s morning routine is to check his emails and read the news headlines. Walking into the kitchen, I saw him on the computer and asked what he was reading.
“I’m reading about epi, Mom.”
“Epi?” is she a contestant on American Idol? Perhaps a missionary who started an orphanage?
“Epi-, Mom: epigram, epigraph, episode, epitaph.”
“Ah. Yes, I know epi-. Around, right?”
“On or over.”
What Collin was reading was Daily Writing Tips. I started receiving the daily email to help my writing. When I realized how word-oriented it was, I instructed Collin to sign up for it. While he wouldn’t like admitting that he enjoys the email, he reads it faithfully.
Daily Writing Tips gives a clean daily dose of grammar, punctuation, spelling, words misused, and writing basics. I recommend it for you and yours.
Last night Collin was dinkin’ on the computer and I asked him, optimistically, what he was working on. He was downloading all the books he hadn’t read in the Omnibus Secondary section that were on Librivox. Collin’s employer asked him if he had an ipod or mp3-player yesterday and gave permission, nay, encouraged him to listen to it while he worked. Little does he suspect that Collin is listening to The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, Pride and Prejudice, and Gulliver’s Travels this summer.
You know The Best Part, the whipped créme on top of the hot fudge sundae? It was his idea.