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When your mom is a writer!

Back-to-School night was this week. I'm not great about BTS night. It used to be too hard with three kids, six classes each so rather than pick a favorite, I usually didn't go. Problem solved. This year, I only have one child in high school, so I was without excuse. I mean, I totally got to go and I was so excited!

This year, my daughter is in Brit Lit, and you know what that means!!! PRIDE AND PREJUDICE! My daughter was named Ellena (after Elinor in "Sense and Sensibility" -- I don't like the way Americans say, "Eleanor" so I spelled it differently.) Her middle name is Anne, from "Persuasion." So I'm a tad bit excited when my kids read Austen. This is my first GIRl to read Austen, so I feel like it's going to be such a bonding experience. I know this is an expectation that will only bring heartache, but I'm not willing to give up yet. I want her to love it as much as I do. The way her brothers love "Star Wars."

So why is this relevant to Back-to-School night? Well, one of the teachers wanted us to write a note to our students. My daughter came home steaming mad yesterday, "Mom, ALL of the other kids had really nice, loving notes from their moms. Stuff like, "Have a good year." Or "I'm so excited for you and want to say how much I love you."

"And what do I get, Mom?' Elle asks. "I get the first line of "Pride and Prejudice!"

"I know, wasn't that so great?"

"You are SOOO embarrassing."

Well, she has me there. Look, my son got me a Manga copy of P&P. How cool is this? Maybe she'll read it with cartoons. My boys said they didn't even need to read it, they got it by osmosis from me watching it so much. LOL "Austenland" is real at my house.


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Incidentally, I always have a candle lit on my desk and I use the Saint candles because they LAST FOREVER and they're like .88 at Wal-Mart. But I realized that people find this habit weird, like I'm doing some kind of ritual. Unless being cheap is a ritual, no, I'm not. Anyhoo, look what I found at a bookstore. It's a candle for Saint Jane of Austen!

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