I’ve had the pleasure of reading a few good books lately, one of the them is The Side-Yard Superhero by Rick D. Niece. It’s a great read and really makes me think of how much I take for granted… I guess most of us do but it really hits home when you see how other people have to live.
I always find it interesting to see what people remember from the past. Each of us defines our own history which makes me think about my own kids, what will they remember? what will be a fond memory and what is making the biggest impression on them? Only time will tell but this book has me thinking about all that. My guess is that they’ll remember a lot of the little things and our daily routine.
The author moves to small-town DeGraff, Ohio when he is 4 years old but was never really accepted as a full fledged resident. I can totally relate because it seems like that in Maine. If you’re not from Maine you’re “from away” and even my kids, who were all born here are not true Mainers. One lady told me, “just because a cat has kittens in the oven doesn’t mean they’re biscuits.” I guess I could have been offended but I’m not, people in small places tend to be close and be all up in eachothers business, as we see in The Side-Yard Superhero.
I loved all the descriptions and especially the relationship between the author and Bernie. This book has me longing to play non-competitive croquet and possibly a hot chocolate (minus the butter).
Happy reading! The Side-Yard Superhero @ Amazon
The Side-Yard Superhero favorite quote:
“Mr. Bethel smiled the kind of smile adults do when they think they know more than you know but don’t want to embarass you.” (pg. 36)