Thursday, June 21, 2018

Summer Movie Project--Hitchcock--The Birds


Movie Name:
The Birds (1963)

Favorite Part:

Daddy: My favorite part is when she’s going to the school to check on the girl, and as she’s walking up, the birds are slowly gathering.

Mommy: The song?

Daddy: Yeah.

Penelope: I like the part where the birds attack her.

Me: At the end?

Penelope: Yeah.  Up in the attack.

Mommy: That’s kind of savage.

Penelope: It is my favorite part, though.  #PTSD-for-life.  [She says “hashtag.”] 

Mommy:  When I was a child, and we watched The Birds, the part where she walks into the room and is attacked at the end was my favorite.  The look of terror on her face was so compelling.  And Aunt Merry and I used to pretend The Birds, and we’d jump out from behind the door to scare each other.  Aunt Merry used to love The Birds.  She was like three.  She went through this phase where she really liked blood and scary stuff.  Well, actually, she’s still going through that phase.  She loves horror, but even when she was little, she loved The Birds, Firestarter, Return to Oz, bloody baby pictures of herself after being born.

Mommy:  Both of the parts you guys have said are so good.  I also really like the part where she watches him from the rowboat to see his reaction to the love birds.  You get the sense that this is really a very weird girl.  She’s very committed to this bizarre prank and doesn’t seem to know why herself.  I also really like her conversation with Annie.  I love Suzanne Pleshette.

Penelope: Who is your favorite character?

Mommy: Probably Melanie Daniels, but I also really like Annie.

Penelope: Who do you think is my favorite?

Mommy: I think Annie.  You said you liked Annie during the movie.

Penelope: Who is my is second favorite?  You will never guess.

Mommy: [Guesses everyone in the movie.]

Penelope:  You’ll never guess.  He’s not in it very much.

Mommy: Is it Alfred Hitchock?

Penelope: (laughing wickedly) Yes!


Most Memorable Scene:

Mommy: Obviously the scenes we’ve already talked about are memorable, but this last time watching, I was really impressed by Jessica Tandy’s scene where she finds the guy with his eyes pecked out and just runs out of the house, and nobody reacts as much as they should.

Daddy:  You’ve already got mine.  It’s the birds at the school.  The way they all gather.

Penelope:  Her face when they attack her.  PTSD for life!!!!!

Mommy: Another scene I really like is when the crazy mother in the diner starts screaming at her and tells her she’s evil, that she made it happen because as the audience, don’t we partially wonder if there’s something to that?  I mean, we never get an explanation.  Why are we watching this story?  Why does it start when it starts?  Why is Melanie Daniels our way in?  She’s not even from Bogeda Bay.  A more natural focus would be someone in the town, so she must be important to the story thematically or somehow.  We’re seeing it through her for some reason.  I also like the part in the phone booth because they parody that in High Anxiety.

Image that sticks with you:

Penelope: Her face.

Mommy: Even though these topics seem a little redundant maybe that shows that in Hitchcock, the images are what stick with you and become your favorite part.  In other movies, our favorite parts might not involve an image.

Daddy: It’s hard to get over that scene [at the school] to me.

Mommy:  Yeah, the song is great, too, from that scene.  And another thing I like, besides the great image of the birds flying up more and more, is that she’s hurried like the devil to get to that school, and then Annie’s like, "First we’re going to sing a song with a hundred verses."  Like, “I need to talk to you right now!”  “Okay, but first we’re going to sing a little," deep breath, "99 bottles of Beer on the Wall...”

Daddy: I like the opening sequence, too, because she does that part so well.  And the guy, he pranks her, too, just randomly decides to teach her a lesson.  And that intrigues her.  Most people would be like, “Who is this weird dude, and why did he do this just randomly?”

Mommy:  I think at first she wants revenge, to screw with him, too, but it’s obviously a kind of flirting.  It’s interesting, too, that she doesn’t know what she’s doing, but she opens the cage, anyway, and lets the bird out.  So is that symbolic?  Does she start everything?

Penelope: I have something smart to say.  The beginning means the end.  Once the beginning starts, the end comes faster and faster.  Once something starts, something will have to end quicker and quicker.

Mommy:  This sounds similar to what you said about Psycho.

Penelope: No, it’s not the same.  Here, this is more of a modern view of it.  If a new toy comes out or something, then as it gets popular and popular, another toy will not be as popular, and then it will go out of business.  Here’s another example.  If there’s a predator animal…if a tiger comes and brings other tigers with it, then some of its prey die out or go extinct.

Mommy: So the beginning of one thing is the end of another.  So how does that apply to The Birds?

Penelope:  The birds are beginning to attack.  In this case, it’s not ending all things. 

Daddy: I think she means the start of the birds’ attack brings it closer to an ending.  I think what she means is, by the action of the birds starting an attack, that it started at all, initially there’s a violence that’s going to fade.  Almost like the birds themselves are following some popularity trend.  For the birds, the attack becomes to them the thing to do, and once they’ve done it, it doesn’t have the same impact to them, like the diminishing law of marginal utility.

Mommy: Do you mean that once things aren’t normal anymore, they’re just going to get crazier and crazier until they reset to normal?

Penelope: The humans were there before the birds attacked.  And then the birds started attacking.  And over time, they went from like 0 to 100 and back to 0.  [She explains a lot more.]

Mommy: So you’re saying that everything that begins is heading toward its own end?  So in other words, the people don’t need to do anything.  Eventually it will just stop.  Nature will keep itself in check.  With that in mind, let me ask you, why do you think the birds came?  Was it to keep something people were doing in check?  You mean it’s like a fire?  Once it starts, it burns, and burns, and burns brightest, and then burns itself out?  So it seems like you’re comparing the birds to other natural phenomena, like once it happens, it’s happening?

Daddy: I was thinking like a volcano.

Penelope: This is a little different from what I was originally saying.  Maybe the birds were there before the humans, and now the birds are trying to get back what they had before.

Mommy: That’s the big unanswered question of the movie.  Why are the birds there?  It’s probably because they’re more interesting than plants as we all learned from M. Night Shyamalan.


Why I Liked It:

Penelope: Because of the element of you don’t know, the suspense.  It just keeps building more and more, but at the end, it just goes down, and you still don’t know.

Daddy: I like the aspect that it mimics real life in a lot of ways.  Things happen, and you don’t know why.  Things happen, and then they’re done, and you may never know why it happened.  I also like the characters.  I also like the relationship between Tippi Hedren’s character and Annie.  I like her.  Also another subplot is his mom doesn’t approve of anyone, doesn’t want to be left alone.  Then Tippi Hedren comes and wants to help.  Then the mom returns that help after the attack, all the birds in her face, probably an actual scene, probably he just filmed it.

Mommy:  I love the juxtaposition of…I should say that so Penelope will understand.  I love the fact that there are these two things going on.  In the beginning, we’re trying to solve the mystery of Melanie Daniels.  Like who is this weird girl?  Why does  she find Rod Taylor’s strange behavior so compelling?  Most people are normal, but she seems driven to do these very odd things.  She goes out of her way to create a story around herself and insert herself into his story.  It goes on, and we discover, she has all this mother trauma.  She doesn’t have a mother.  He has too much mother.  Then all these birds attack and start killing everyone.  It’s almost bait and switch like you get with Psycho.  As we start to figure out one story, we’re suddenly given another that has no answer.

Daddy: Two interesting thoughts.  One, if she hadn’t gone there, would the birds still have attacked?  Another that I thought was really interesting that suddenly occurred to me.  She got dunked in the fountain in Rome, and you think she was naked, but then you find out that she wasn’t really naked, the stories just say that.  And then you hear the radio stories about these bird attacks, but you’re getting reports, not the actual attack.  They’re creating a narrative, like bird loving lady who is creating her own narrative, saying, “Birds would never do that!”

Mommy: And the other lady.

Daddy: Yeah, the mother.

Mommy:  She’s creating like the end of the world narrative.  And the other guy keeps saying, “It’s the end of the world.”  That one of my pet preoccupations, how narrative is created to give meaning to raw reality.  I like the title, too, The Birds.  It makes me think of Greek tragedies or something.

Penelope: The birds kind of reflect Melanie because everybody thinks she’s wild and crazy, but she’s not.  But maybe the birds aren’t trying to be wild and crazy.  Maybe they’re seeming in that way, like her, but maybe they’re trying to do something else.

Mommy: But we don’t understand them.

Penelope: Yeah.

Daddy:  Another thing the movie always highlights is that we view ourselves as humans to being so superior, but if nature ever tried to attack us, we’re basically doomed.  Any small change could shift that balance.

Mommy:  I wonder if part is the interiority of the characters being externalized.  It’s weird, the preoccupation with mothers. 

Daddy: A lot of Hitchcock stuff seems to have mothers.

Mommy: Mothers and birds.  It’s just like Psycho.  Daphne du Maurier wrote the story.  She also wrote Rebecca.  I always wonder, Would The Birds be interesting as a story without Melanie Daniels?  I just thought of something kind of silly.  But Hitchcock is English, and I think du Maurier is, too.  So much of the plot centers on disorder in the emotional lives of women, so the title is like a pun.  Birds is slang for women.

Penelope: It’s funny because the opening scene is like a bird shop.  If it had happened then and there, she would have run and run and run.  They said on the radio in the movie that it happened somewhere else, but why?  Melanie wasn’t there, so it’s not about her.  If she was there, too, I feel bad for this girl.

Mommy: Melanie is not the one bringing the birds.  But she is the one bringing the story of The Birds to us.

Penelope: It is funny how all the birds go insane, but then the little love birds are just sitting there.

Daddy: That’s actually a big thought, around how the love birds seem to be normal.  They don’t go crazy.

Mommy: And Melanie brings the lovebirds.  So maybe she didn’t bring the disorder.  Maybe she saved them.  Maybe the solution is love or banding together.

Penelope: The birds at the mall always attack us for pretzels.  Why don’t they just give them pretzels?  Like all the pretzels?  I’m so scared of those birds at the mall.

Mommy: Wild animals used to eating human crumbs can be really aggressive.

Daddy: Yes, because they have no fear.  They’re just looking for food.  They have no sense of human personal space.  They have no qualms about getting up in our faces begging for food.

Mommy:  That’s interesting because guess who else doesn’t have respect for personal space?  Melanie Daniels.  She breaks right into his house.

Daddy:  She’s fickle.

Mommy: Flighty.  She inserts herself right into Annie’s life, too.

Penelope: If a bird comes in your face begging for food, don’t give it to him.  But if a lion comes up in your face...

Daddy: You are the food.

What I Didn’t Like (Criticism):

Penelope: I don’t understand why they left the school.  That was just dumb.  They could have stayed inside, learning.  The birds might not have broken into the school.

Mommy: Yeah, it retrospect that seems like a mistake.  That always happens in natural disaster movies, though.

Daddy: I didn’t like that Annie died, but that’s not really a criticism of the movie.

Mommy: I think the little girl is a terrible actress, but then she grows up and is a supporting character in Alien, so I guess her acting improves.  I often find the children in Hitchcock movies very stiff and awkward.  I don’t know if he was bad at directing children or if he just thought awkward children were good in movies.

Daddy: Maybe he is bad at directing children.  Maybe they’re terrified of him.

Mommy: Maybe he doesn’t know how to get the performance he wants because he’s not allowed to throw birds at children.  Honestly, I really think The Birds is kind of a masterpiece.  It’s my favorite one.

Penelope: It’s mine, too.

Mommy:  I like the open endedness of it.  It’s not neat.  It leaves you with such an eerie feeling.  My mom doesn’t like it for that reason, I think.

Comments (Observations):

[None of us remembers making any significant comments as we watched just that we all wished Annie hadn't died.]

Questions:

Penelope: Will the birds still be attacking, or will they just leave?

Mommy: That will be answered in the next movie, Planet of the Birds.  The Simpsons has such good parodies of this, multiple parodies.  Do you think Melanie will end up with Mitch?  Who will teach the school now?

Penelope: Will the birds attack us?

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Summer Movie Project--Hitchcock--Psycho

Here are our family reflections on Psycho (which Penelope loved)...

"To me, once Marion stole the money, she was just being pulled by this invisible string, and the farther and farther she ran, she would just be like running in place on the string.  And when she tried to change it, the string wouldn’t let her go."  --Penelope


Movie Name:

Psycho (1960)

Favorite Part:

Penelope: All the plot twists at the end, the millions of plot twists.  The plot twist and then a plot twist and then a plot twist.

Daddy: I’m trying to decide if the most memorable scene to me is my favorite part.  The shower scene sequence is my favorite sequence, her arrival there, ending with the murder in the shower.  Mainly because she’s so worried about the police officer, understandably because he was acting weird and creepy.  There was no reason for him to prolong that encounter.  The most memorable sequence is the arrival at the hotel at night, ending with the infamous shower murder.

Mommy: I will agree that that’s the most captivating sequence in the movie.

Daddy: It’s unfortunate that she couldn’t be in it for the rest of the movie because I really liked her.

Mommy: Janet Leigh?  Yeah.

Daddy: Yeah, I was thinking about the movie Hitchcock, and how Helen Mirren was talking about Janet Leigh’s assets.  I think she even used the word “assets.”  Because he had to be careful not to reveal anything.

Mommy: I agree.  I love the conversation between Norman and Marion while they eat their sandwiches.  I love that her interaction with him convinces her to turn around and do the right thing in her life.  So it’s like he saves her soul and then murders her, which is such a jolt for the audience.

Most Memorable Scene:

Daddy: The most memorable scene is the one it’s memorable for—the shower scene.

Penelope: The shower scene.

Mommy:  I love all the quick cuts in the shower scene, so that you never see anything, and you feel like you see everything.  I notice horror movies often still use quick cuts and accelerated frame rate to show awful things.  Psycho is actually much less interesting to me after the shower scene although I absolutely love that part at end about not even hurting a fly.

Image that sticks with you:

Daddy: Her eyes right before she gets stabbed.

Mommy: He loves attacking women, and their eyes.

Penelope: Are any of his movies about a man getting attacked?

Mommy: Well do we see it, um…?

Daddy: Hitchcock is all about the women.

Mommy: I actually love the white bra/black bra thing, and all the stuffed birds, too.  And Norman’s face at the end, that smile.

Penelope: I find another memorable thing is the skeleton at the end.

Why I Liked It:

Penelope: I liked the intensity of it, how something is always happening, like first she’s stealing the money and running away and always being so nervous, and then like she stops, and she’s like what’s up with this mother person, and then [mimes stabbing].  It’s like having an anxiety attack.  And then they go investigate, and the investigator never comes back, and then [falls off the couch].  Yeah, that sums up the movie.

Daddy: Yeah, there’s always something going on.  First we get the story with Marion, and then she meets Norman, and everything we’re worried about changes.

Penelope: But I liked him.

Mommy: Yeah, I liked him, too.  He’s boyish and charming.  That’s the thing.

Daddy:  It’s based on Ed Gein, right?

Mommy: Yeah, who’s not nearly as charming as Tony Perkins.

Daddy: It’s interesting how she’s decided to take it back and changed her ways, and she dies totally naked, innocent like she came into the world.

Penelope: It’s so creepy.

Daddy: It’s also a sense a frustration, that she decided to do the right thing, and was murdered before she could do that.

Me: Yeah, that’s one of my favorite aspects of the movie. I love that she’s taking the money back.

Penelope: Is the mother always dead?

Me: Yeah, she’s dead the whole time.  When we hear her talking, that’s just Norman.

Daddy: He has DID.

Me (simultaneously): He’s nuts.  Daddy’s way of saying that is better.

Penelope: It’s like the original Norman is taken over.  I just realized something, if the mother is always dead, it’s like, your mother, who was in charge of you, the role is now taken over by the other personality who is in charge of you.

What I Didn’t Like (Critism):

Daddy: More of a personal standpoint.  She gets “redeemed” but doesn’t get a chance to take the money back.  She realizes, “I shouldn’t have done this, I need to take the money back,” but the only thing anybody else will remember her for is stealing the money.

Mommy:  Of course, God knows her intent, and since her life does abruptly end...

Daddy: That’s true.  I just think of all the people who knew her.  Your reputation as a human being on earth.

Penelope: I don’t really have any complaints.

Mommy: That’s one of the reasons I do like it, that sense of frustration.  I just find it interesting.  I do think John Gavin and Vera Miles are kind of boring.  We just never care about them as much as we cared about Marion.  The hero, or at least the star, becomes Norman, and it becomes a very different kind of movie with an immoral protagonist.  That’s like something you couldn’t have in Hollywood for years because of the Hays Code, but Hitchcock kind of like sneaks it in there.

Comments (Observations):

Mommy: I’m quite obsessed with Marion’s guilt and innocence and surprise murder, but my mom also pointed out how ironic it is that she’s carrying around all that money which everyone assumes is her murderer’s motive, and he actually couldn’t care less about the money, wasn’t even aware of it, buried it in the swamp accidentally.  Do you remember anything you said to yourself as you watched?

Penelope: "Wow."

Daddy: I don’t really remember anything after the shower scene other than, “Mother.”  There’s a whole half of the movie there you never even think about.

Me: Yeah, the shock just carries you through to the end.

Daddy: Yeah, the shower scene and the reveal about his mother.  That’s the movie to most people.  I’ve seen it two or three times, and that’s still the movie to me.  I forgot there was even a private investigator.

Mommy: And I forgot who it was.  I was shocked to discover he was…who was he?  Now I forgot again.  Martin Balsam.

Daddy:  Yeah, that shower scene is what you remember from the movie.  It’s been memorable for decades.

Mommy: Yeah, it’s one of the most memorable scenes in movie history.

Penelope: To me, once Marion stole the money, she was just being pulled by this invisible string, and the farther and farther she ran, she would just be like running in place on the string.  And when she tried to change it, the string wouldn’t let her go.  Yeah.

Mommy:  That’s a really cool thought, Nellie.  One of the things I loved as I watched was that you laughed when he moved his mother to the fruit cellar, so I realized Grandpa’s offhand comment hadn’t spoiled the ending for you.  Then later you told me you hadn’t heard it.

Questions:

Penelope: Why does the mother personality kill Marion?

Me: I think it’s because Norman desires her, partially in a sexual way, and partially just as company, and the mother is pathologically jealous and wants Norman all for herself.  That’s a reflection of Norman’s jealousy of his mother’s new boyfriend/husband.  That’s how they explain it in the movie.  It’s a little bit over explained, but I’m sure the audience was reeling in shock in 1960 or whatever.

Daddy: Yes, for the time, that kind of psychology…

Me: Actually, there was a lot about Freudian analysis in pop culture then, but definitely not the obsession with sociopaths then.  I’m sure the audience found it shocking.  If they found the flushing the toilet shocking…

Summer Movie Project--Hitchcock--Notorious

Penelope and I are doing a classic movie project this summer, starting with Alfred Hitchcock.  Since school let out, we've watched The Lodger (twice), Notorious (emphatically her least favorite), Psycho, Strangers on a Train, The Birds (tied with The Lodger as her favorite), Rear Window, Frenzy, Marnie, Family Plot, and a Dick Cavett interview.  We're still planning to watch Rope, North by North West, Shadow of a Doubt, and possibly Stage Fright.  Maybe others.  Before deciding on this project, we'd watched Rebecca and Vertigo pretty recently.  My mother loves Dial M for Murder, so probably that's in the cards, too. 

Originally the idea was to pick a star from old Hollywood and study that person, then move to the next star.  But I found a children's book about Hitchcock in Barnes & Noble, and decided he would work as a star director.  Plus, his work is so compelling and accessible.

After we finish Hitchcock (which may be never), we're planning to move on to either Marilyn Monroe or Katharine Hepburn next.  (I try to let her choose as much as possible, but she is nine, so that limits us a bit.)

Anyway, we're trying to make a little scrapbook of our project, so we've started to have conversations about the films we've seen.  Penelope wanted to publish them as blog posts, and I don't see why not.

I'll go ahead and post them one by one.  (It might be a more efficient way to organize them than printing them all out and pasting them into a notebook, which was the original idea.  We may do that, anyway, though.  She loves making notebooks.)

I'll start with Notorious, the only one of the films she has disliked (and rather strongly at that).

Movie Name:

Notorious (1946)

Favorite Part:

Penelope: The part when something finally happens, and she gets poisoned.  No wait!  Change it, to the part when the find the stuff in the bottle.

Daddy:  My favorite part is when they’re in the wine cellar looking for the evidence.

Mommy: My favorite part is when she realizes that they’re poisoning her.  I love the look on her face when they all scream out that the other guy is about to drink from the glass meant for her.

Most Memorable Scene:

Penelope: When she gets poisoned.  I love torture when boring things happen.

Daddy: Yes, probably the look on her face.

Mommy: I also kind of love the way he picks her up in the beginning and encourages her to drive drunk.  That seems so unusual for that time period, that the protagonist is a drunken party girl being encouraged to drive drunk.

Image that sticks with you:

Penelope: Her face when she gets poisoned.

Mommy: I think it’s fascinating that everything has to do with poisoned liquid.  In the beginning, she is drunk and is habitually drunk because her life has been poisoned by her Nazi father.  In the middle, the bottles of wine actually contain uranium ore, which is like death in a bottle, and then in the end she’s being poisoned.  This idea of poison/false contents flows through the whole thing.  Nothing is as its labeled in this story, not the people, not the wine, not the tea (or coffee or whatever).  I think it's interesting, too, all the broken things.

Derrick: No, I can’t think of anything in particular.  This one unlike the others seems really slow to me.

Why I Liked It:

Penelope: No.  Just no.  Well…The fact that she gets poisoned at the end.

Daddy: There’s not a lot of different developments here.

Mommy: I like it less than many others, but keep in mind that I usually dislike Ingrid Bergman.

Daddy: I actually like the scene where he convinces her to be a spy.  We know she’s a patriot because he convinces her using her own words.  So if you could cut from there, right to the marriage, to the party, to the wine cellar.

Mommy: So cut the romance?

Daddy: Yes.  If you look at his other movies, there isn’t that slow build up period.

Me: I find it fascinating that Cary Grant, who usually plays the dreamy romantic lead treats this girl worse than the Nazi does by petulantly refusing to admit that he’s in love with her and punishing her for doing what he told her to in the first place.  The Nazi treats her better (until he poisons her in the end).  I keep thinking about that and wondering if perhaps it’s some metaphor for the United States’ behavior during the war.  Like that’s the way we treat our friends.

Daddy: Like he loves her but he’s waiting for her to say so first.  He’s holding off.

Penelope: If it was in World War II and I was a spy, I’d be like, “Peace!  I’m moving to Italy!”

Mommy: I’m not sure that would work out for you.

What I Didn’t Like (Criticism):

Penelope: It’s boring.

Mommy: The love story doesn’t work for me.

Daddy: The problem I have with this is, I agree with you, the love story didn’t work.  They fall in love in like ten minutes. 

Mommy: I think it’s less.

Daddy: Then they spend the rest of the movie…

Mommy: Not talking?  I think it’s Ingrid Bergman’s specialty.

Daddy: He says, well you’re just a party girl who likes to sleep around.  It’s just your character.  They don’t talk.  It’s what always annoys me about romantic comedies.  For no reason, they don’t communicate, and that creates conflict.  This is like that, but not a comedy.  It’s not even a dramedy.

Penelope: I know what kind of movie it is.  It’s boring.

Daddy: Only the party scene has legit tension.  That felt more like Hitchcock.  Most of his work had more dimensions, more developments.  This, she’s just a spy the whole time.

Comments (Observations):

Penelope: It was boring.

Mommy: I said he should have listened to his mother.  (He’s so much nicer to her than Cary Grant.  He even stands up to his mother for her.)  With the mother and the staircases and the tense party, it reminded me a little bit of Rebecca.

Mommy: I liked how when he found out, he could do nothing.  It was a situation kind of like Death of Stalin.  One minute they’re having dinner together, the next someone is murdered.

Daddy:  Yeah, he couldn’t tell anyone or he would be killed.  That is an interesting dynamic.  
They’ve set up a kind of rule by committee situation.  He appears to be in charge, but he’s not really.

Mommy: No, it's just his house.

Questions:

Penelope: Why was it so boring?  But I have another question.  Why did the Nazi take so long to catch on?

Mommy: I think it was because he was in love with her and wanted to believe she loved him.


Daddy: We can see what we want to see a lot of times.




Wednesday, May 2, 2018

List of Things That Happened Recently by Penelope

1.My friend threw our school coach's football in the drain accidentally.
2.THERE WAS A SNAKE AT SCHOOL!!!!!!!!
3. They removed the portables because we didn't need them and another school did.
4.My friend is on the track team and won a lot in the practices (I am not in the track team).
5. We went to Nanny and Papa's.
6. We have been practicing for staar (I am NOT excited).
7. We did the Fitness Gram ( I did 30 sit-ups, don't laugh at me 5 push-ups, 24 laps were ran).
8.We started reading the series Zoey and Sassafras .
9. I've got A's.
10. Mom set a potholder on fire accidentally.
11. The peach has grown peaches.
12. Much, much more...



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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

The high school football game from Nellie's perspective

We went to the football game last night because Gray's in the half time act. The half time act is the marching band. When we got there it was about to start. We found Aimee and Jack and sat by them. Me and Jack went to get some drinks. I got a sprite and Jack got a coke I think. Then mom said me and Jack could go under the bleachers and play. But we didn't really know what to do so we just walked around and and talked. Then we went back up to sit down. Then I got hungry so dad gave me change I went to go get nachos, but they were out of nachos, so I got a pint of ice cream, chocolate ice cream. I ate it all!! At 1st it was delicious, but at the end I felt like bleah. Then dad let me get some chips. To make a long story we won! HOORAY WE ALL YELLED !






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Saturday, September 9, 2017

From Sad Poems by Penelope

Two Heartbeats
by Penelope

I feel like my heart beats
in two different places
when the other part of me's
somewhere else.
When my heart's broken,
so is hers.
When it's together,
so is her heart.
My heart beats in
two secret places.
We're two bodies put together
to make one heartbeat.

Puzzle Pieces
by Penelope

We fit together
like puzzle pieces.
Then they came and
tore us apart.
We were together.
Now our hearts are broken.
They can't be fixed
until we're together.
The pieces are scattered
and can't ever be together
again.

Time Warp
by Penelope

We're stuck in this place,
and I can't leave this time.
It's always gonna be like this.
We're never gonna meet again.
There's never a happy ending.
It's always gonna be like this.