Have you ever noticed how everything connects? I've had a little chain of events that has reinforced one of my latest interests. First, we finished the school year studying the Holocaust and Anne Frank and each time I've taught it I've been reminded of how much I DON'T know about World War II. Then, Gigi who has a blog I love, mentioned that she is a Winston Churchill groupie (she's funny!) so I ordered one of her movie recommendations to see what she was talking about. Well, The Gathering Storm is one of the best movies I've seen in a while and it got me thinking about Great Britain's story during WWII. I ordered another Churchill movie (kind of a snoozer) and rested my curiosity for a while. Then (see the photo below) my parents and I drove up Highway 20 in Washington State and stopped in my mom's hometown (Concrete, Washington) and my mom showed me this very place where she stood on the roof watching for bomber planes during WWII. This was a Girl Scout duty and very frightening. She said she had no idea what she was supposed to do if she saw a plane! See the little tower below on the left? That's where she stood!
Then, Little Jenny Wren mentioned the old movie Mrs. Miniver, so I ordered it from Netflix and I watched it today. Again, I was reminded of all the bombing in England during the war and I was fascinated by this movie even though I missed an important part because I went upstairs to get some jellybeans. If anyone can tell me how the young bride died, I'd appreciate it.
Later, when we had finished our dinner, I felt compelled to do something other than blog, so I ordered a book that Amazon recommended to me (they are good at this and I'm an easy target) and I remembered that at the wedding we went to a week and a half ago, two sisters I met had also sung this book's praises, so I ordered it on my snazzy Kindle and now I'm reading it and it's about post WWII England! Isn't that kind of strange? So, anyway . . . I'm taking the hint and letting my reading theme for the summer be World War II. So, I guess it makes sense so close to July 4th and all. Tomorrow, after I take Bill to the airport (he's off to Australia) I am going to the library. Thank you for stopping by, sweet blogging friends! What's your reading theme?