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.
“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.