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Shakespeare Gives Me a Headache, but my Brother Gives Me a Smile

     I probably wouldn't mind seeing a Shakespeare play, but reading the plays for myself is painful. I'd love to enjoy the story without struggling over the words, words deserving rightful respect. Shakespeare is talented and dedicated, but I will be honest and say that other classics rank higher on my list of favorites. 

     My brother is reading through "The Taming of the Shrew" for school. 

     As I finished some homework, I heard him grunting from the family room. 
     I put my books away and joined him in the coldest corner in the entire house. 

     We picked roles and read more acts than he was assigned to read and laughed and smiled and tried to make sense of what we were saying. 

     He tried out a deep voice. 

     I busted out my rusty British accent.

     And we didn't care if we were accurate or consistent. 

     We had fun reading Shakespeare because we were free to be silly. 

     Are there better ways to learn the story, of course. 

     But I can't think of a better way to put a smile on my face. 

     ~ Alyson 


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