“The Middle of Everywhere” by Mary Pipher
This book really had several affects on me. One being that it was cute, another being that it was sad, and another being that I feel bad in my stomach. This book started off slow for me then the next thing I knew I couldn’t put it down. Many of the facts in this book I didn’t know so I can’t really have anopinion on these things if I don’t know about them and both sides to the story. That is what it truly is though she is giving one side, but I don’t know the other side because I am the worst kind of person I have never thought about refugees and don’t know anything about them. I am one of those people in the book that thinks they are illegal immigrants. I didn’t know that most of them have lived in the worst of worse conditions to try to get to our country and sometimes end up finding out it is awful. Now that I know this side though, I say welcome to our country let me know if I can do anything for you.
Some of the stories of the people were cute. I loved the story of the driving lessons. I never thought how difficult our driving rules were. I mean really they make no sense if you put out everything you have ever learned and take a neutral stance point, they are absurd. The fact that we have car insurance and many other countries do not is crazy also. One refugee has a stuffed dog named Toto and the older kids had nicknames called snap, crackle, and pop which is so cute that they take what they have seen on TV and in movies and relate it to their lives. I think it is because they want to be Americas so badly and this is one way. It made me cry about the teachers. I am going to be a teacher and I didn’t think about the fact that in their chaotic world I give them regiment and order. I am part of their therapeutic environment. The children in the school where Mary went were adorable and they loved her.
I felt bad for some of the stories. The things they went through in other countries to get here. Being shot at,...