It takes me about 40 minutes each morning to drive my daughter to the high school of her choice. Loving her choice but, admittedly, was dreading the drive!

So far though, so good. In fact, I'm really enjoying the time together. The so-called parenting experts are right. The drive to-and-from school really is a great time to talk!

I find myself learning a lot about my teenager, her new best friends, frenemies, boy crushes, music and last but not least: school!

Had a great talk the last few mornings about a novel she just read. Harper Lee's classic, To Kill A Mockingbird. It just happens to be one of my all-time favorite books! But when my daughter first started reading the book she dreaded it! The thought of reading a book that Mom read when she was her age - how could she (my daughter) relate to that! After all, it's such an ooooold book!

Now she loves it. And loves her Lit class. Not thanks to Mom but to her really good literature teacher. "She explains things so well. So many themes that I didn't get that are still relevant today. Themes like injustice, racism, abuse, empathy, compassion."

She just couldn't stop talking about the book! I smiled, listened and agreed with her take on the novel.

Meantime, internally, my heart leaped! Classic!

About the Author...
Pat Persaud
Pat Persaud received her Bachelor of Arts degree at Morningside College, in Sioux City, Iowa, and majored in English, with an emphasis on British Literature.
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