I was a LUCKY kid - don't let those clothes fool you. Despite my Mrs. Beasley outfit, it was a happy, FREE childhood. You see, I grew up in the 80s.
I thought it was AWESOME when I got to play with Strawberry Shortcake, brush My Little Pony hair and cuddle my Cabbage Patch Doll.
I like totally destroyed my teeth on Now and Laters, Bottlecaps, Bit o Honey and Big Hunks.
Facts of Life, Family Ties and Dukes of Hazzard were killer, dude. A-Team, Fraggle Rock, Jetsons, Punky Brewster, Schoolhouse Rock...
My two favorite movies: Young Guns and Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure.
I crimped my hair (except for my BIG bangs), wore my leg warmers and nothing came between me and my Calvin Kleins.
And the music? Totally bitchin'. Debbie Gibson (don't judge me), Tiffany, Go Gos, Hall and Oates, Michael Jackson...DURAN DURAN...Def Leppard, Bon Jovi. Radical. Tubular. Awesome.
We were lucky. So imagine my surprise when I was trying to decide on which Banned Book I would read to find...Judy Blume on that list.
Omigod, NO WAY! Barf me out. Gag me with a spoon.
Blubber? Tiger Eyes? Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret? Forever?
And can that really be...Madeline L'Engle? A Wrinkle in Time?
These were staples of my childhood. These were joys. I read them more than once. I still have them - their pages worn, edges folded over where I stopped reading for the moment. They were totally awesome.
CHILL. Seriously. Stop telling people what they should or should not read. Let us read and take from them what we will. Don't rob children of the joys of reading - to feel like we aren't alone in this world, to be transported to another world through the magic of words. Why are you so threatened by a work of FICTION? What makes you so special that you think you have the right to decide which books someone can or can't read?
Here's a secret: ban it, protest it, burn it - and people will definitely read it. Especially the children you are trying to "protect." You made these books more attractive. Congratulations on achieving the exact opposite of your intent!
I really appreciate my childhood. I appreciate my parents - who weren't threatened by books, who encouraged me to read, who never denied me a book (including Go Ask Alice). Thanks Mom and Dad. I love you!
To see the list, click here.
Will you be joining us this week? What book will you be reading?
Are any of your childhood favorites on that list?
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