Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Softballs and jocks

First impressions of a future husband

Spring semester in my freshman year in high school.  I had made the freshman girls Softball team and we were out on our softball field.  Our practice field was a pile of dirt with patches of grass and a home plate.
One day, not any special day.  Just a random day really, we are playing a game to help our throwing aim from the outfield.  I played left field so I was on the dirt near the Boys weight room.  So coach is suppose to hit out to us, we catch it, and throw home.  On home plate sat a big bucket we were suppose to hit.  I know, sounds silly, but it was one of my favorite games.  Coach hit a fast ground ball out to me, but I missed it.  I turned around and went chasing after it, as it rolled towards the Boys weight room.  Some of the boys from the football team were coming out.  I thought, surely one of them would help me out and grab the ball for me.  One of the Samoan boys grabbed the ball.  I'd seen him before around school before but I didn't like his crowd though.  The guys he hung out with were self proclaimed "cooler than you" crowd.  A spoiled preacher's kid was commander of the mindless drones.  But I didn't really know this tall guy yet, so I gave him the benefit of the doubt.
I raised my glove to signal him to throw me the ball.  But he didn't.  He acted as if he was going to, but faked a throw, and smiled as if he was amusing.  Of course that just irritated me, and I tilted my head and gave him a blank stare to show that, "no he wasn't funny".  He finally just threw me the ball, and I made up my mind to add him to the list of idiot desciples.  I looked back to see where he was, but he was already walking into the lockeroom.

Just a chance little meeting, and we never really meet again for another two years.  But who would have guessed I could meet my future husband in front of a high school Boys weight room, on a patchy, dusty softball field.  

Friday, September 16, 2011

Telesa the convenant Keeper

I thoroughly enjoyed this book by Lani Wendt Young  a Polynesian author.  I was attracted to it because she described her book as Samoa's version of Twilight.  I thought I've got to see this.  I read some excerpts, the sample given by Amazon, and I was hooked!  So I bought it on Amazon and thus began the blurriest couple of days with my kids.  I've got five kids, and I don't get much time to read.  But when I wasn't changing diapers, doing dishes or being a taxi, I was reading Telesa.  And while I was changing diapers, washing dishes or driving around I was thinking of Telesa.  I finally finished the book... And I loved it!  I consider myself a huge Twilight Saga fan, but this book is different.  I used to live in Washington State so I could relate to all the different places in the Twilight books.  I haven't been to Samoa since 1987 and I could just picture Samoa like it was yesterday through the character Leila.  And I am Samoan so I relate to Telesa like I have never been able to relate to any other book I have ever read.  It is my new favorite book!  And before that it was Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, so that is saying heaps about Lani Wendt Young.  (I have a thing for strong female characters) So if anyone out there in this Blogger universe ever reads this, you have got to check out Telesa:  The Covenant Keeper.  Can't wait for the second book in March 2012!