The main characters are Cessie, Popsicle and her parents . The book is about Cessie, who when she finds out the man across the road is her grandad she gets really excited which turns to dismay when he falls over and loses his memory. Cssie is determined to help him get it back, slowly it comes back and he remembers where he lives, which is on a boat. Cessie's parents aren't convinced but soon they find it is true. Popcicle tells Cessie about life when he was a boy in world war II . I like this book because I felt like I was actually in it and because of the way the author wrote it. I would recommend it to six and upwards .
On Where Pianos Roam
First of all . . . .
I have to admit that Mother's Day is one of my favorite days of the year. In my case, I get to give my Mom a bit more TLC than usual. Well, she truly is the one person who's stood by me, my sisters, and my brother all of our lives without fail. This is a pretty amazing thing considering all the hardships we've been through.
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My Mom was given the name Lualhati and was born in a small town 3 hours north of Manila, Philippines in a very small farming town called Zaragoza (in the province of Nueva Ecija).
Her Mom (my Grandmother) was Soccoro Roque, and her Father (my Grandfather) was Rafael Roque. She was a schoolteacher, and he was both a tailor and a farmer. They raised 4 children together in this sleepy little town where everyone knew each other.
My Mom would grow up to be a school teacher herself and has taught at the elementary and grade school level for many years. She is arguably the most meticulous and organized person I know. (Her towels and bedsheets, for example, are stacked and aligned with precision on a color coordinated grid. I've always thought she might have had a wonderful career in the military. ) She's also the type of person who remembers other people's birthdays. She's very perceptive and incredibly shrewd.
Incidentally, she's also quite beautiful . . .
She's part of a long line of very beautiful women in my life that goes all the way down to my sisters and my little niece Lai.
If my Mom has taught me anything (and she's taught me a lot, by the way), she showed me, by way of example, the importance of being there for the people you care about. My Mom continues to live a lifetime of being there for me and my whole family. She has been consistently dependable and supportive all of my life.
It is because of her that I make every effort to be at my nephew's championship football games. It is because of her that I stay faithful to my closest friends. It is because of her that there has been and always will be a lot of love in my life. This is the stuff of life--a cherished lesson my Mom has unknowingly taught me.
Happy Mother's Day, Mom, and thank you, for everything.
Secondly . . .
My Mom is not the only Mother in my family. My older Sister Leth is raising 4 lively and adorable children with her husband Danny.
Here is her life's work in progress . . . .
Here she is (yup, another beauty) . . .
She also has a cool blog called LuluBelleSunshine. Check it out here. She blogs about all kinds of cool knitting patterns, easy recipes for delicious food (She's a very good cook with a knack for seasoning), and our family.
While my Mom might be one of the most organized people I know, my sister is probably one of the smartest--one of those kinds of people who barely listened in class but still managed to get good grades--(yeah, one of those). She's a fast learner at just about anything, and as you can see by her knitting skills, she can succeed at anything she puts her mind to. So far, it's quite apparent that her son Tyler has inherited this special gift.
Happy Mother's Day, Sis!! You get to celebrate this day for the rest of your life. Your kids are lucky and blessed to have you.
We are all going out for a Mother's Day lunch. I'll take pictures and share them later.
I hope this is a great day for everyone!