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The Gift of an Ordinary Day by Katrina Kenison
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Jul 11, 2011

it was amazing
Recommended for: anyone with a child in the college application process
Read in July, 2011

This book is a perfect antidote to a culture that encourages 8th graders to start building their resumes for college. Kenison writes about the move from their affluent Boston suburb to rural New Hampshire as she tries to find a high school that is a good fit for her child. Of course all does not go as planned: she loses her job that allowed her to work from home, the "house" she falls in love with has to be demolished and rebuilt, her family lives with her parents for several years, her younger son doesn't want to leave behind all that he loves. And yet, along the way she finds moments of grace, quiet, and thankfulness. An important reminder of how quickly time passes and how grateful we should be for the ordinary days that make up our lives. "Mend the part of the world that is within your reach."

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