You call this a classic?!
Reading is not just an essential part of education but of life itself. Some of the greatest places we'll ever go or people we'll ever meet will come alive only because of parchment and ink... or nowadays electricity and plastic keyboards. But, not every story told is worth the effort. Times change and often the mandatory school reading list needs an update because every once and awhile you find a book that does not stand the test of time. Many of the classics, I hate to say it, can be real snoozefests.
I once overheard my dad call me fat. It sucked. He wasn't being mean, he was attempting to describe me to a stranger because he had lost me in a crowd. Since I stopped growing in 4th grade, it happens a lot and for whatever reason people almost never think to just turn in a circle and look down. I'm often right there, just lower than your normal line of sight - so I've heard people describe me about a zillion times. I'm a big girl, so I've heard about 150 million totally unoriginal people attempt to use my size to insult me like it was going to be some huge revelation and I didn't wake up in the morning with all this. I had just never heard it from my father before.