“What is so rare as a day in June? Then, if ever, come perfect days.” -James Russell Lowell
I regularly refer to June as “best-month” and I’m fairly convinced that Heaven’s weather will be like a June day in Michigan. While autumn takes my overarching “favorite season” by a long stretch, and I love a good snowy winter or a lovely spring day full of flowers, June (the not-yet fully summer but roses bursting and sun shining parts) has my heart in a way no other months do.
Around the Web
Cinderella, Strong Women, and the Courage to Be Kind
This piece by K.B. Hoyle at Christ and Pop Culture is great to sit with as we consider what it means to raise our daughters to be strong women.
- The classic animated Cinderella came out in 1950 and was a staple of my childhood—far and away my favorite of the Disney princess films. And for those of us of a certain age who grew up watching Disney movies in the 1980s and 1990s, I don’t think we can discount how formative these stories and characters were to us. Cinderella was more than just an animated figure on a screen; she was someone I wanted to be. I believed that “a dream is a wish your heart makes,” and I longed to someday find my very own Prince Charming. I recognized the wickedness of her stepmother and the selfishness of her stepsisters. Cinderella taught me many simple lessons about good and evil, compassion, and longing, and fortitude. I didn’t think that Cinderella was weak or that the story was underdeveloped and simplistic until those ideas were introduced to me in 1998.
Christians Should Celebrate Shows Like ‘Waffles + Mochi’
Jacob Murrie looks at a new Netflix show that celebrates food and points us toward its God-glorifying potential.
- By fifth grade I was allergic to wheat, peanuts, corn, and soy, the ingredients found in 99.9 percent of anything a growing boy would want to eat. This diagnosis reshaped my culinary reality. I thought that avoiding these allergens meant I had to give up the joy of eating. I began to approach eating not to delight in God’s creation, but to simply survive.
The Fabled Stables by Jonathan Auxier
Carolyn Logleilou directs us to a new book in a new genre by one of her favorites.
- When a favorite author like Jonathan Auxier breaks into a new genre or age group, I’m happy to follow. The Fabled Stables: Willa the Wisp introduces chapter book readers to Auxier’s imaginative worlds in an easier to read, beautifully illustrated format.
Do You Have a Good Reason to be Angry?
Samantha Decker reminds us to pause and ask an important question.
- I never dreamed I’d be a minivan mom. However, after my husband convinced me to take one for a test drive, I was sold. I didn’t want to love the car-seat friendly chairs, or the oh-so-smooth sliding doors, or the excessive amounts of cup-holders…but I did. It just made so much sense.
Exactly three days after owning the aforementioned mini-van, I stopped at Sonic and told my kids they could each take a drink of my tea. I laid out the rules, reminded them to be careful not to spill, and encouraged them to use both hands.
My 4-year-old took a drink without any problems. However, the second my 2-year-old held the cup, he squeezed the Styrofoam and tea gushed out all over my new car.
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The Child and the Star
A poem by Hannah Hubin.
- Said the child to the star,
“Why do you hang so high?
You needn’t climb so very far
To stand there in the sky.”
Review: Hollow Chest
Christine Norvell points us to a new historical fiction middle grade novel.
- London, 1945.
World War II is coming to an end. The Blitz, air raid sirens, and bomb shelters are things of the past, but the reality of living with loss in a war-torn city remains. Rationing and deprivation continue. Recovering from the trauma of war and wartime is difficult for everyone, but especially if you’re eleven years old.
Something to Do with Your Kids
Something to Watch
The Dude Perfect guys are hosting a soapbox car derby.
Thanks for reading. We’re on your side.
–The Story Warren Team