One of my favorite lines from my favorite book.... Today I lived a dream I have had for a very long time. I finally visited the Monroe County Heritage Museum in Monroeville, Alabama. For those who don't know, let me briefly educate you on this bit of Southern history. Monroeville is home to the author of To Kill a Mockingbird, Mrs. Nell Harper Lee. Mrs. Lee grew up in Monroeville and still lives there today. Her next door neighbor was, of all people, Truman Capote! Imagine that....two famous authors growing up as children next door to each other in a sleepy Southern town. Goes to show you that if you dream it, you truly can achieve it!
So, here's how it all came to pass...I really felt strongly about our 9th grade students reading TKAM this year, so I went to my 9th grade English teacher, a dear friend, and asked her to read the book with her students. She adores this book, too, so she didn't need much
I have to tell you, I had the BEST time ever. I LOVED seeing those kids' faces, seeing the light in their eyes with a book coming to life right there where it all started. Seeing them being transported back into the past, watching their faces as they made the connections to the book...AMAZING! If you ever get the chance to visit Monroeville, Alabama, do yourself a favor and stop by the Monroe County Heritage Museum. If you've never read To Kill a Mockingbird, I encourage you to do so. You won't be disappointed.
Here are a few photos I took today. (I took WAY more than this, but I don't want to run everyone off right away!!) Hope you enjoy this little glimpse of "Maycomb".
Can't you just see the courtroom filled with townspeople awaiting the trial..
If you ever head down this way, stop and pay them a visit. Get some fresh squeezed lemonade from Dawn Brewton of Front Porch Lemonade. She'll be happy to point you in the right direction and make you feel right at home.
Until tomorrow, dear friends!