Have you had a chance to take a look at the discussion Read Any Good Books Lately? What's on your Bookshelf?" Sounds like you will be able to make some good suggestions. I just finished reading The Girl Who Plays with Fire and am going to start The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest today. Roz
Wow, your daughter's response to CCD class is my maternal wet dream! My daughter is adopted and now 18. I fear that she will follow her birth mother into Pentecostal Christianity. My late husband and I raised her as a Jew (given his varying commitments, it was the least of many possible evils), so it would be easy for her to fall that way.
In large part because I live in the South, my daughter is anti-choice, so when she became pregnant by a boy from Craig's List whose name she could not remember, she was just old enough that I could not prevent her from keeping the baby. Now I financially support her and my grandson; as a widow I must say that it is tough!
My daughter has ADD and was in a therapeutic boarding school before she dropped out in 10th grade; if there were any chance of her taking me seriously as teacher, I might have considered it. I look forward to hearing your updates!
I like the part where you describe how the crumpet holds a lot of butter :)
Good Old British nostalgia! What about the Goon Show, I'm Sorry I haven't a Clue, Just a minute etc. Priceless wit.
As for food... the same nostalgia takes me to my Welsh Grandmother cutting fresh brown bread in that characteristic welsh valley way, salted butter and caephilly cheese, school dinners in Scotland of lamb mince pies and chips, cream teas at The Orchard in Grantchester in the footsteps of Rupert Brooke.