Monday, November 9, 2009

Converse and Children's Literature

I am writing this blog post purely to express my undying love for converse. I looked down at my feet today and just felt inspired. This love actually began long, long ago when I read the girl reporter series by Linda Ellerbee when I was in like second or third grade. The main character is a girl reporter (who would have guessed?) who went around stirring things up with her stories while wearing high top converse. I think that this also might be where my desire to be a reporter was cultivated. She was just that cool.

I bought my first pair of converse (red ones) my sophomore year of high school. I'm actually wearing them right now. That's the glorious thing about these converse, they're indestructible. I bought my second pair my junior year (navy blue), and I actually brought them with me to London last fall and quite literally wore them every day. There were actually a ton of people who wore converse around in London. I was surprised, but I guess they just have good taste. I bought my newest pair this summer at Ross (rose), and I still aspire to own every color in the rainbow. I think it would be awesome to open up my closet and have it just filled with converse.

So, the moral of the story is that if you want a sure way to be happy, you should just go out and buy a pair of converse. May I recommend orange? Also, children's literature can be pretty powerful stuff. We should get Linda Ellerbee to come be a guest lecturer for SPJ (she is, after all, a journalist herself). It would only cost us about 25 years of fundraising. Maybe she would make an exception?
Reading one of the girl reporter books with my dog. This has always been one of my all-time favorite pictures of me. Is it bad to peak at age eight?


  1. My 7-year-old granddaughter, Violet, came to visit me in New York last month. I took her to her first Broadway play. We both wore black pants and jackets, and our high-top converse sneaks. We were, I believe, the coolest girls there. It's just that one of us is 65.
    As a matter of fact, I have on converse today too.
    Linda Ellerbee

  2. Oh my gosh! Linda Ellerbee! She had that show on Nickelodeon!! Soooo cool!

  3. Linda Ellerbee is one of my heros. Love her reporting style and her positive approach to life. Glad to see you are an admirer too!

    And my first real basketball shoes were Chuck Taylor black Converse high-tops. Loved those shoes!

    Love, Dad



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