And The Dimestore.....you all know I have been lamenting the fact that I have not read a really good book in a long time. I can finally say I found a book I really enjoyed and it was non fiction believe it or not. One of my favorite authors is Lee Smith. She is a southern writer and I have read her books for years. She recently released her book, The Dimestore, which tells the story of her life growing up in Grundy, Virginia. Her daddy owned the local dimestore and much of her young life played out there. She writes of a Southern childhood that is so familiar to me and of a culture that is rapidly vanishing. In addition to stories of her childhood, she shares her family's personal demon, mental illness. It plagued both her parents and she lost her young son to it as well. She shared that writing the book, Agate Hill, was her therapy after her son's death. Now I want to go back and re read some of her books that I read long ago!
The kiddos are ending up their week at Winshape. I did not get pictures but there if you go to Winshapecamps.org you can read more about the philosophy of the camps and how Chic Fil A sponsors this worthy endeavor. Yesterday the children received a camp shirt and on Friday Chic Fil A is providing their lunch. There is a fee to attend but most churches help off set the expense for church members. My own church was able to provide scholarships for some children who otherwise could not afford to attend. And I am sure other churches in Decatur did the same thing. Kendall told me that the theme of this camp was making wise choices in friendship. And from the material I read, the emphasis is on making wise choices in all areas of life. Kendall was excited because one of the skills she chose to work on was archery and she finally hit the target yesterday. Now she wants a bow and arrow!! Landon worked on his basketball skills this week. Winshape does a good job of balancing fun with learning.
Well it is Friend Day and the Besties and I very excited to be having lunch with a friend who now lives in Ireland. She is home for a visit with family and friends so I am honored to be able to spend some time with her today. Have a blessed day friends!