What I’ve Learned: To Kill A Mockingbird


  • I will cry every time I read it – the part where the gallery stands up as Atticus passes by… I’m getting teary just thinking about it now
  • I would like to be Atticus
  • I would like to be Scout
  • look in tree holes – take your time, find little treasures
  • be nice to Boo – that guy might save your life someday
  • if you have to dress up as a food for a school program, a ham is safe
  • stay away from rabid dogs
  • you don’t know all the skills and talents that your dad has
  • a single parent can raise great kids
  • pay attention to details – you might need to remember who is left handed
  • sometimes a little kid can speak great wisdom – and stop a hate crime
  • sometimes you do things you know you can’t win because it is still worth the fight and the right thing to do
  • you may never know other’s private battles
  • addiction, hate, racism, abuse – it’s all  everywhere
  • take care of your siblings and neighbors
  • don’t tell lies – it can lead to an awful lot of trouble that you can’t take back
  • there is a little bit of all of the characters in each of us
  • we all need a best friend like Dill
  • sometimes innocence can be lost in a single moment
  • and lastly, I would sure like to spend an afternoon drinking sweet tea on a wrap around porch with Ms. Harper Lee

The picture is of my first copy of To Kill A Mockingbird. I’ve had it for over 20 years. We read it in high school. Not sure which year. But I loved it then and have reread it several times. On the off chance you’ve not read it, please do so. Right now.

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6 Responses to What I’ve Learned: To Kill A Mockingbird

  1. sarah May 10, 2012 at 5:39 pm #

    I just started reading this, and it has been rather slow going….Now that I have read your post I think I am going to finish it :) Thanks for helping me continue reading when I was possibly going to set it aside and miss out on what I hear is a fantastic novel.

  2. tea March 31, 2012 at 8:46 am #

    My FAVORITE book of all time… to be read and reread regularly… the first time was in the summer of 1978… My copy was a yellowyorange and I lended it to someone who never gave it back and I’m still pissed about that! =)

  3. Kelly March 22, 2012 at 12:18 am #

    I no longer have my first copy of this book, it fell apart from reading it so much. I think I have owned about 6 or so copies over the years. My first read was in elementary school – it gets better each time.

  4. Crystal March 8, 2012 at 12:31 pm #

    I think this might be my favorite post that I’ve read here so far. All but the part about the sweet tea, I’ll take a Diet Pepsi please.

    Also I shared the post on my Facebook and it’s sparked a conversation between myself and another Crystal about reading it in school and falling in love with the book:)

  5. meadowgirl March 8, 2012 at 11:37 am #

    i bought my niece her own copy. so far she’s not that into it but i don’t think it’ll be long before she will. one of my very dear friends named her daughter Harper Lee. :)

  6. David March 8, 2012 at 9:32 am #

    My next female female Boston Terrier will be named Scout. On a side note: My first male French Bulldog will be named Spartacus. And if I buy a brindle male Boxer he will be named Tiger…

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