To Kill a Mockingbird (written by Lee Harper) this month...and have asked you to join me in reading along. I will be starting the book tomorrow (Sunday, August 16, 2015) with the first few chapters. This time around, my third or fourth reread, I will be listening to the audiobook read by actress, Sissy Spacek. I will discuss my progress every other day starting on Monday. Please note, all comments are my own opinion, and my aim is to to give my thoughts and to entertain.
That summer I would check out the book from the library and try and read a novel that was over my ten year old mind. I read the book literally and I was shocked that everyone wasn't treated equally, and that the truth and what was right was not clear to everyone. I think it was then I shed my Leave to Beaver image of life and grasped a little bit of the "real" world. Also, that year I read Iggy's House (by Judy Blume) and again this sense of other and segregating the other just tripped my mind. It definitely made me look at things differently. I started to learn at that age is that you have to pick your battles; and when you do pick them, fight like hell and stand your ground because it may just be you on your side. It's a lesson that has served me well. (My classmates never treated me any different than others and I was never bullied for any reasons so my battles have been very few.)
My parents and my maternal grandmother instilled in me a lot of Atticus' views. I was to look at a person for who they are inside and the decisions they make, instead of looking at a person's outside and judging things about them they cannot change. While I have not wanted to be a lawyer I've always felt this lean towards finding something that helps people...and I have done that, to some extent, in some of my jobs. I treat people as I would want to be treated and try (though it can be difficult) to walk in another person's shoes.
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