New Orleans, LA -- August 17, 2007

Waiting for the bus and reading Chicken Soup for the College Student’s Soul, by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Kimberly Kirberger and Dan Clark. She's just about to start classes.

After the hurricane she had to leave for three months, then returned. The downtown area, she said, it was a long time before it was populated again, things closed at 5pm, the traffic lights weren’t running; it was about early 2006 when people really started coming back.

Her favorite book of all time—a book of short stories put out by Seventeen magazine called Real Girls, Real-Life Stories: True Crime. There was a story about a white female who got pregnant with a black guy and she was underage and so her family wanted to get a paternity test so the guy would go to jail and so the guys friends killed the girl. And, there was a mother who made her daughter drink bleach after she lost her virginity.

These stories taught her that someone's got it worse of than you. It only takes ten seconds for you to get in trouble—you really have to think about consequences. She read the book in two days it was so good.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

It's good to see young folks reading again