Aside from gaining me an education, high school was important and enlightening for several other reasons. There was the suspected girl-girl kiss in the sports supply room one day after netball practice, the scandal of the girl who fell pregnant and subsequently disappeared from the school, my first proper introduction to the music of The Beatles, and the study of a book called, ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’. Can you believe it’s been 50 years since it was first published?
It’s a book that made a lasting impression on me (even though it’s been years since I’ve read it, I often think about it). As part of our studies of the text, we also watched the film – so Gregory Peck made a lasting impression on me as well.
- Atticus Finch taught me that doing the right thing is always right, even though it will likely take a lot of strength, and may make you more than a little unpopular with some people.
- Scout showed me that it’s OK to be smart AND a tomboy (something this tomboy has always been grateful for).
- Boo Radley reminded me to not judge other people so quickly.
- Gregory Peck demonstrated that both he and three-piece suits are timeless.
Do you love ‘To Kill A Mockingbird too’? Or has a different book made a big impression? Gosh, what do you think you’ll be up to when you’re 50? (I plan on writing from a worn wooden desk within a country cottage in France).