I’m a list-maker.
Daily to-do lists.
Grocery shopping lists.
Writing assignments lists.
Gifts list (gifts to buy, gifts already bought).
And, of course, my A to Z Lists.
(Check out my Published Work page to be re-directed to some of my published A to Z Lists including “The A to Z List of Verbs Teachers and Students Practice Daily,” “The Alphabetical Prescription for Living with a Chronic Medical Condition,” and “The A to Z List of Boys,” to name just a few.)
And then I discovered Twenty-One Truths About Love, a novel written by Matthew Dicks.
A novel written entirely in list form. And through these lists the reader learns about Dan – a former teacher, current bookshop owner, a husband, and soon-to-be dad.
These lists are honest. Charming. Amusing. Authentic.
Here are just a few tidbits from the book’s lists I’d like to share with you this week:
“Reasons I quit teaching
– Couldn’t continue to witness bad decisions at the expense of children
– Couldn’t stand one more minute of professional development that was neither professional nor developmental”
“My teaching beliefs
– Teachers must be reading and writing on a regular basis in order to be effective teachers of reading and writing.
– Teachers must think of parents as full and equal partners in the eduction of the child.
– The most important lessons taught by teachers often have little or nothing to do with academics.”
“Words that belong on a child’s T-shirt
– Are you really going to rob me of my precious childhood with this meaningless worksheet?”
“21 Truths About Love
– To truly love someone, you must love the person you never knew, the person you know today, and the person that will someday be.
– Love does not make everything better, but it makes everything a little easier.
– ‘I love you’ are three simple words that we whisper to lovers in the dark, say to dogs that don’t speak English, cry out during sex, speak to the dead while standing over their gravestones, tell parents before hanging up the phone, and repeat again and again to the people whose lives are gloriously intertwined with our own.
– Love makes you do the stupidest, bravest, most ridiculous and idiotic things in your life. It makes you scared and crazy and crazed and joyous. Love is all the feelings.”