The First Week of August

Tuck everlasting

“The first week of August hangs at the very top of summer, the top of the live-long year, like the highest seat of a Ferris wheel when it pauses in its turning…. These are strange and breathless days, the dog days, when people are led to do things they are sure to be sorry for after.”

On a day like this, Mae Tuck sets out to meet her sons; Winnie Foster considers running away; a man in a yellow suit comes looking for someone but he doesn’t say whom.

How to Commemorate

  • Drink from a fresh fountain.
  • Pour water on a toad.
  • Get voluntarily kidnapped, or, voluntarily kidnap someone.
  • Play a music box.
  • Traditional food: pancakes.
  • Really just do anything  having to do with circles or wheels.

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Works Cited

Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt

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