Friday, August 26, 2016

I Am Not

I am not weak because I don't fit the mold

I am not weak because I ask for help
I am not weak because I give
I am not weak because I share

I am not weak because I cry
You can't live this life like you are invincible

Being misunderstood is common
Never succumb to other's opinions
So many voices, so little time

Do this, go this way
You can't do this don't you know that?

I am so tired of the underlying current
It's in their countenance
If not in their words

It's as if everyone can feel but me
I'm not sure why

I'm not going to hide
I'm not going away
Please give me time
Please give me space

To process things
To get strong
Without you waiting to throw stones

Everyone is pointing out my weaknesses
When they have their own
They are going around in circles
Completely chaotic with no real purpose

I'm done listening
I'm done listening to the noise

Blah blah blah
Yadda yadda yadda

I've realized maybe they are talking about themselves
I'm the easy target
They like to pinpoint my problems

I'm not like you
I don't talk like that
No one is perfect
When will they see that?

Thursday, August 04, 2016

Book Review: Captain Mama's Surprise by Graciela Tiscareño-Sato

Captain Mama's Surprise is the second book in the Captain Mama's series. It's another bilingual book in English in Spanish. This time, Captain Mama takes her son, Marco, and his second grade class on a field trip to see the airplane she flies on. The class meets the crew and learns what each crew member does and the process of refueling a plane in mid-air. 

I’d seen airplanes refueling in movies, but I learned lots of new things while reading this book. I didn’t know what all a copilot of an airplane was responsible for, and I have never seen an airplane map up close. So cool!

I could see many first and second graders loving this book! Since it has vocabulary words, it would be perfect for their age group.

Graciela has also included an activity in the back of the book.

When I found out the surprise, I wanted to be a kid in Marco’s class! I won't spoil the ending. Buy the book to find out what happens! I know the third book promises even more fun and adventure! Both of these books gave me an even deeper appreciation for the men and women who have served our nation.

You can buy this book and the patch at Captain Mama's website, Amazon, or wherever books are sold. Graciela would love to come speak about her newest book at YOUR school or library!