1. Never reread anything from high school.
2. Never read the Harry Potter series.
3. Never use LOL in correspondence. Ever.
Okay, so these are just a few of the decisions I've made over the past several years.
I made a choice years ago to never read anything I read in my high school English class. It's not that we didn't read great works of literature. True, I enjoyed Lord of the Flies more than The Scarlet Letter. I also thought Julius Caesar was a darn good play, in fact, I still remember some of Brutus' speech.
"Friends, Romans, Countrymen. Lend me your ear. I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him."
The thing is... Why would I reread anything we picked apart in high school when there are so many other great works of literature (ahem, contemporary novels) to read now?
Therefore I decided, no matter how amazing the work was, I'd never look at it again.
Until I saw a trailer for Les Miserables...and changed my mind.
If you've seen the trailer, I think you'll understand why I had to break that promise.
On to the Harry Potter issue...
I know it's somewhat ridiculous that I'd never read any of the seven Harry Potter books. My oldest read them all in the third grade. We have the books, the movies, the Scene It board game, the posters, the calendars, the wands, the Gryffindor halloween costume, the fake glasses, the collective disdain for Dolores Umbridge.
What I didn't have was the time. Until I realized the library had the books on CD. *light bulb moment*. I also made the connection that we're driving multiple hours a week to school, gymnastics, swimming...
You see where I'm going with this?
That's right. My kids and I listened to all seven Harry Potter books, in ten months. I'll admit, there were times I circled the neighborhood more than once to finish a chapter. It was an experience, and a long one at that. Some of the books had over twenty discs.
Yes, I lied. I also admittedly regret not reading them soon. I now know in-depth about horcruxes and Snape's secrets. Try me.
Lastly, the LOL. I must confess I've still never used this acronym of immense joy. But I promise you, I might LOL someday...when something is really, really funny.