Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Josie Accomplishes Her Goal

You may remember that Josie and I made a deal at the beginning of the summer.  I would pay for Josie to get the tips of her hair dyed purple and Josie would read all seven Harry Potter books by the end of the summer.  I let Josie dye her hair the day after her graduation ceremony - the same day she started reading book one (Harry Potter and The Sorcerer's Stone).  

And then you may remember what happened next:  the hair dye washed out of her hair by the end of the second week while Josie was still plodding through book one!  


But a deal is still a deal and I DID pay for the dye job even if it didn't last as long as she had hoped.

And so Josie read book one.  And then she finished books two and three.  It wasn't easy and she complained more than once and there were a few tears because Josie insisted that there was no way that she would EVER finish all seven books, especially since she thought the books "were boring."  But I reminded her that she made a deal with me and I assured her that she would finish and I pointed out that Harry Potter is definitely not boring - they couldn't be any further away from boring. 

And that's just a fact.

And so slowly but surely, Josie read her Harry Potter.  She finished book four and then book five and then book six and before you know it, she was on book seven and was 2/3rds of the way through the 600 plus pages at the start of Labor Day weekend.  The end - and success - was right around the corner.

We were all pretty excited.  Josie sat down to read the last twenty pages and the four of us hovered over her while she read.

Georgia joined in for the last ten pages.

And I took photos.

And then the magical moment happened!!!

She did it!!!!  She read all seven books in one summer!

The girl who always says she dislikes reading!  The girl who thought she could never, ever finish four Harry Potter books let alone seven!

The girl who claimed she was a slow reader!

She did it!!!!

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