If you haven’t read Peter O’Toole’s semi biography, Loitering With Intent, I highly recommend it. In the meantime I would like to express my intentions for Friday. I did go and buy the car I said I would by yesterday. I got a champagne gold Dodge Stratus. It was relatively cheap and runs relatively well. So I guess that’s a wash. This is a car that I need to keep until I can afford to buy a new car. I like that I don’t have payments. I also like that I got it for cheaper than my insurance check for my old car. That leaves me some wiggle room so that I can get some upgrades and improvements.
Today’s intentions are a little bit silly. Intentionally silly. The kids and I are going to take the book we’ve been reading and make some Valentine’s Day cards. By the way happy Valentine’s Day. I’m asking them to use construction paper and other primary or elementary grade craft supplies, and make Valentine’s Day cards. This is just like we used to do when we were kids. The trick is these valentines need to be from someone or something in the book that were reading to someone else or something else in the book that were reading. It’s a pretty cool literary exercise that shows understanding of more than just simple character relationships. It shows an understanding deeper than just the spoken or plot driven relationships in the story.
In fact there are four major categories that I would like them to explore. There is the plot overview, of course. I also want them to do a major character analysis, look at themes, motifs and symbols, and of course the historical context surrounding the novel.
I stated one of my ongoing intentions is to do the projects which I assign. That means I’ll be making cute and clever little heart-shaped references to anthropological symbolism in foundational Eatonville, Florida, 1930s.