This is my first post in the #springtrainingblogchallenge. Thanks to my amazing spouse, Pronto, for posing this inspiring challenge.
Today, I'm writing about the novel I'm reading with the eighth graders. It's Harper Lee's classic, To Kill a Mockingbird. There's a famous line in that book that fits perfectly with our baseball-themed challenge. It's this: "Kill all the blue jays you want, if you can hit 'em, but remember it's a sin to kill a mockingbird."
The symbol of the mockingbird is pretty heavy-handed in the book, and that's what makes it great for the 14 year-olds. It screams, "SYMBOL!" and we can all discuss it openly without any argument about whether Lee did that on purpose.
That said, I don't personally want to kill any blue jays. I especially don't want to kill any Toronto Blue Jays. In fact, I personally wish that particular baseball team a great season. Go get 'em, guys! I wish you well!