About Amanda (by Holly)
Amanda is a regular finalist for the semi-ish-annual nicest person in our family contest, and if you ever meet her, you will know why (unless you happen to run into her pre-coffee, because then all bets are off). She is a momma-extraordinaire to the smartest, sassiest three-year old we know. Oh, and she is also the kind of person that challenges herself to read (and reads) 100 books during the first year of her child’s life. And she didn’t even have to count Goodnight Moon.
About Holly (by Amanda)
Holly is always my contender for the funniest person in our family and she regularly makes me laugh until I cry. She has a traveler’s heart and I’m waiting for her to pack up her fiancé and doggie and move to New Zealand one day. Somehow between working, volunteering, running, learning about football, walking doggie, cooking, planning a wedding and maintaining my sanity she still has time to read nearly everything that I tell her she absolutely must read and anything else that she comes across.
What’s with the gun on the wall, you ask?
We had the same brilliant and terrifying English teacher in high school (RIP Brother Ruhl) and one of the lessons that was imparted was from Chekhov “If there’s a gun on the wall in Act One, it’s going to go off by Act Five.” Wikipedia even tells us that Chekhov said: “Remove everything that has no relevance to the story. If you say in the first chapter that there is a rifle hanging on the wall, in the second or third chapter it absolutely must go off. If it’s not going to be fired, it shouldn’t be hanging there”. So here we are: we can text across the miles and have a toast to Brother Ruhl, Anton Chekov and lots of good books to come. Still no guns on our walls though, just book shelves.
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