Punctuation sticklers, big and small

The other day I was at the neighborhood pool with Leah and Connor.* They were splashing about in the lazy river. I was drying off after my venture down the water slide by reading Eats, Shoots & Leaves by Lynne Truss—a short book about the particulars of punctuation, targeted specifically at fellow sticklers.

Leah climbed out for a water break and asked what I was reading.

I flashed the cover.

'Eats, Shoots & Leaves'

“It’s called Eats, Shoots & Leaves—”

“I love that book!”

“Um…Well…It’s about how to properly punctuate..?”

“I know! My grandma used to be a teacher and has it and read it to me. I love it.”

With how much our language seems to be deteriorating, it’s comforting to know that there’s at least one 11-year-old out there who will fight the good fight for proper apostrophe and comma use.

P.S. She also told me she wants to be president.

You go, girl!

*For privacy reasons I have elected to use pseudonyms when referring to my summer charges.



  1. Jamie · · Reply

    I love it! I am a member of the proper punctuation club as well (and the proper spelling and grammar clubs), and approve wholeheartedly. She sounds like a winner!

    1. The kids are the best.

  2. Ashley · · Reply


  3. JenTee · · Reply

    I lack the spelling prowess of my fellow writers so I will assign myself as the new mascot instead!

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