Tuesday, October 21, 2014
A Happy Kind of Exhausted
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It is Monday night and I am exhausted. It could be because it was a long day at school, ending with an open house. It could be because I am trying to function on about five hours of sleep. And no, I do not have a newborn or sick kids and no, I am not sick myself.
I am exhausted because I stayed up reading a book. It has been so long since I have done this, and I have missed my midnight rendezvous. It seems reading and writing has taken a back seat since school started. So, yes, I am exhausted, but it is a happy kind of exhausted. The kind I can only get from staying up late reading.
I explained to my students why I was so tired.
"I stayed up until after midnight reading this new book."
"You did that for fun?!"
I was lost in the book and was in the zone where time just seemed to stand still and the world stopped. Before I knew it, the clock was turning past 12:00 and my husband was rolling over with a groan. But I kept on reading.
What book captivated my attention and stole my sleep?
This is such a gripping story of Hurricane Katrina and the destruction it caused in the lives of its residents. This story took me down to the Lower Nines of New Orleans to watch those flood waters rush into their lives, taking with it everything Armani owned. This book has been on several Newbery prediction lists, and I am confident it belongs there.
I am not finished with the book yet, but it is great to be exhausted again.