Happy Birthday, Beverly!

It's Beverly Cleary's 95th birthday! When she was working on one of her Ramona books, she spent two weeks observing the classroom of Ms. Gray, who later went on to my my daughter's third grade teacher, and one of the best teachers she has ever had.

Teen worshipped Ms. Gray (which kind of embarrasses her now). Once, back in the day, we were in a store and my daughter thought she smelled Ms. Gray, although it must have been someone wearing the same perfume (a scent so subtle I never noticed it).

While she doesn’t live here anymore, Beverly spent most of her life in Portland. Not only does Portland have a Beverly Cleary Sculpture Garden with sculptures of Ramona, Henry and Ribsy, one of the library branches has two terra cotta busts of Ramona - one happy and one sad.

Interestingly, as a child, Beverly was placed in a “low reading circle.” Shows how wrong labels can be.

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I live in the northernmost city to be occupied by the Confederate Army. In fact, the city leaders actually rode out to meet the Confederates and surrendered. They didn't even wait for them to get here. Just said "Yes! Come on in. We won't resist. Take what you like. Just please don't burn our warehouses." Later on, they tried to make it all about protecting the women and children, but it was about protecting their business interests. Few of the men of fighting age had enlisted, preferring to stay home and profit by keeping one foot on each side of the conflict, profiting on both sides.

Needless to say, while anniversary observations are planned all around us (we are 30 miles from Gettysburg,) York isn't planning on commemorating this moment in its history in any way.
My grandparents were actually Klan members in the early 1920s, so I have even more to live down.
Wouldn't it be nice if we could all meet our idols, our mentors, our inspirations, in person.
I hope Beverly Cleary feels all the love that is whisking around the internet for her!
I hope so, too. I don't know that I would want to live to be 95 - it seems like you would leave so many people you loved behind.
but you meet so many people who are going to carry the future!
The chance to see great grandchildren would surely be bittersweet I suppose.
What a neat post. I didn't know that she spent two weeks in a classroom while working on one of her stories--and how awesome that your daughter's former teacher hosted Beverly Cleary. Thank you for sharing!
I think she kind of got burned out.

Sometime I should tell you about what happened one time when kids were throwing rocks in front of the school. It was magnificent to watch.