It would be so amazing if Brandon won a gold. I bet wed have a parade and everything.
Its 11 already and Mom still isnt home. I guess she and Peter are out admiring the moon.
Spent the weekend working on my English paper.
Dad called this morning.
Matt says we can use the telescope. Hell be home in a couple of weeks. He swears hell teach me how to drive.
Jonny was named middle school player of the week.
All of a sudden this moon thing is the biggest thing ever. Either that or my teachers are as bored with schoolwork as we are.
I could understand it if I were taking astronomy. But French? Madame OBrien made us talk about la lune the entire class. Shes making us write a composition about it due Friday, because Wednesday night were all going to be outside watching the asteroid hit the moon.
Sammi says every time they make a big fuss like that, for an eclipse or a meteor shower, it rains.
It isnt just Madame OBrien whos hot for this asteroid. In English today we talked about the origin of the word lunar. Eddie made a joke about mooning, and Mr. Clifford was so excited about word origins, he didnt even get mad. He talked about slang instead and metaphors that have to do with astronomy and he gave us a new assignment, too. We can write on any topic that has to do with the moon. Due Friday, of course.
I guess Ms. Hammish thinks this moon thing is historical, because in history thats what we talked about. How people throughout history have looked at the moon and comets and eclipses. Actually, that was kind of interesting. I never really thought about how when I look at the moon its the same moon Shakespeare and Marie Antoinette and George Washington and Cleopatra looked at. Not to mention all those zillions of people Ive never heard of. All those Homo sapiens and Neanderthals looked at the very same moon as me. It waxed and waned in their sky, too.
Of course Ms. Hammish wasnt satisfied with inspiring us like that. She gave us an assignment, too. We can write either an essay about astronomy in the past and how it affected someone in history (like if they saw a comet and it scared them or prophesized something) or an article about whats going to happen Wednesday night.
Either way its due on Friday.
I dont understand teachers. Youd think theyd talk to each other and at least one of them would realize how unfair it is to give us all assignments due on Friday. I wouldnt mind if I could figure out how to double up on them, write my history essay and translate it into French (which I could maybe do if my French was good enough, which it isnt). But I dont see how to do two for the price of one, so I think Ill have to write three separate papers (and one in French) and hand them all in on Friday.
Ill really be sick of the moon by then.
This moon thing is supposed to happen around 9:30 Wednesday night, and Mom was interested enough that we watched the news tonight. They said asteroids hit the moon pretty often, which is how the moon gets its craters, but this one is going to be the biggest asteroid ever to hit it and on a clear night you should be able to see the impact when it happens, maybe even with the naked eye but certainly with binoculars. They made it sound pretty dramatic, but I still dont think its worth three homework assignments.
Mom watched the local news, too, which she almost never does because she says its too depressing, and theyre predicting a really nice night. Clear skies and temperatures in the low 60s. They said in New York people are organizing parties for Central Park and on apartment rooftops. I asked Mom if we could have a party, and she said no, but people on our road will probably be out watching and itll be like having a block party.
Excerpted from Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer. Copyright © 2006 by Susan Beth Pfeffer. Excerpted by permission of Harcourt Trade Publishers. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
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