Jun 282019
 

Postcards From A Stranger by Imogen Clark

Audible Audiobook
Listening Length: 10 hours and 11 minutes
Program Type: Audiobook
Version: Unabridged
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Audible.com Release Date: August 7, 2018
Whispersync for Voice: Ready
Language: English, English
ASIN: B07F94Q1YP

A secret lies buried at the heart of her family—but it can’t stay hidden forever.

When Cara stumbles across a stash of old postcards in the attic, their contents make her question everything she thought she knew.

The story she pieces together is confusing and unsettling, and appears to have been patched over with lies. But who can tell her the truth? With her father sinking into Alzheimer’s and her brother reluctant to help, it seems Cara will never find the answers to her questions. One thing is clear, though: someone knows more than they’re letting on.

Torn between loyalty to her family and dread of what she might find, Cara digs into the early years of her parents’ troubled marriage, hunting down long-lost relatives who might help unravel the mystery. But the picture that begins to emerge is not at all the one she’d expected—because as she soon discovers, lies have a habit of multiplying . . .

Thoughts
Cara is still living in her childhood home, taking care of her father who has Alzheimer’s. One day she goes into the attic, a room her father forbid her and her brother to ever go into. In a box she finds some postcards which shocks her to her core and she realizes that everything she thought she knew about her parents is a lie.

Later, she finds out that what she thought the postcards meant was not the truth at all and she is completely shocked all over again.

She goes on a mission (alone because her brother doesn’t want to help her) to find out the details of what happened and  is shocked a few more times.

I loved that the author added so many surprises! The book first made me feel so sorry for Cara, and then I felt very happy for her at the end.

Thie twists and turns in this book kept me listening as often as I could!

Jun 262019
 

I'm Fine and Neither Are You

I’m Fine And Neither Are You by Camille Pagan

Audible Audiobook
Listening Length: 8 hours and 2 minutes
Program Type: Audiobook
Version: Unabridged
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Audible.com Release Date: April 1, 2019

Wife. Mother. Breadwinner. Penelope Ruiz-Kar is doing it all—and barely keeping it together. Meanwhile, her best friend, Jenny Sweet, appears to be sailing through life. As close as the two women are, Jenny’s passionate marriage, pristine house, and ultra-polite child stand in stark contrast to Penelope’s underemployed husband, Sanjay, their unruly brood, and the daily grind she calls a career.

Then a shocking tragedy reveals that Jenny’s life is far from perfect. Reeling, Penelope vows to stop keeping the peace and finally deal with the issues in her relationship. So she comes up with a radical proposal for Sanjay: both will write a list of changes they want each other to make—then commit to complete and total honesty.

What seems like a smart idea quickly spirals out of control, revealing new rifts and even deeper secrets. As Penelope stares down the possible implosion of her marriage, she must ask herself: When it comes to love, is honesty really the best policy?

Thoughts
Even though the synopsis is a bit misleading, I liked this book from start to finish.

The relationships between the two woman and their husband shows that when it comes to your friends, what you see with your eyes and hear with your ears can be misleading.

The two couples have real problems and struggles and it surprised me when I found out what was going on with Jenny. I liked that Penelope decided to make changes to hopfully improve her marriage, and I thought the author did a great job with the whole story. I enjoyed this book and I really liked the ending. And the title? I LOVE it!

The book is narrated by Amy McFadden who did a great job.

Jun 242019
 

Every Tuesday I host First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros sharing the first paragraph or two of a book that I’m reading or plan to read soon

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As We Are Now

As We Are Now by May Sarton

I am not mad, only old. I make this statement to give me courage. To give you and idea what I mean by courage, suffice it to say that it has taken two weeks for me to obtain this notebook and a pen. I am in a concentration camp for the old, a place where people dump their parents or relatives exactly as though it were and ash can.

Jun 232019
 

Sunday Reflections

Linking up with:
Sunday Salon
Sunday Post

Outside…
High of 96° with little chance of rain. It’s been really hot and humid the last few weeks and everytime I step outside my glasses fog up

Thankful…
That my daughter’s blood tests and other tests came back great!

Reading…
A Beach Wish by Shelley Noble  – still trying to download, grrrr
As We Are Now by May Sarton

Listening To…
Summer of ’69 by Elin Hilderbrand

Books Needing Reviewed…
I’m so behind on reviewing books I’ve finished, last count was 7

On Hold At The Library…
Magnolia Table: A Collection of Recipes for Gathering by Joanna Gaines

Watching…
I’m trying to catch up on Toy Story 1,2,& 3 before I go see #4

Mind Body Spirit…
Exercising every day but haven’t been drinking enough water

In The Kitchen…
Yesterday I made a pot of Baby Lima Beans and cornbread so we’re having leftovers today

New To Me Stuff:
My ceiling fan light in my bedroom isn’t great for reading physical books in bed (it’s in front of me instead of behind me) so I bought a USB Book Clamp Light with 3 Color Modes, 10 Brightness Dimmer and Auto Off Timer. It’s awesome!

Today’s To Do List…
My son and I are going to Costco with my oldest son and daughter in law so we all can get groceries for a month. The freezer part of my fridge is full but we haven’t used our upright freezer since we moved.

Looking forward to…
I’ve worked a really long streak so I’m looking forward to having a day off, which is Thursday

A Favorite Bible Verse…
Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer
Romans 12:12

From the camera…
Anyone know what these are? They just popped up at the end of the house one morning a few weeks ago. I didn’t even know they were there

Jun 172019
 

Every Tuesday I host First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros sharing the first paragraph or two of a book that I’m reading or plan to read soon

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Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love

Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love by Dani Shapiro

1

When I was a girl I would sneak down the hall late at night once my
parents were asleep. I would lock myself in the bathroom, climb onto the Formica counter, and get as close as possible to the morror until I was nose to nose with my own reflection. This wasn’t an exercise in the simple self-absorption of child of childhood. The stakes felt high. Who knows how long I kneeled there, staring into my own eyes. I was looking for something I couldn’t possibly have articulated-but I always knew it when I saw it. If I waited long enough, my face would begin to morph. I was eight, ten, thirteen. Cheeks, eyes, chin, and forehead-my features softened and shape-shifted until finally I was able to see another face, a different face, what seemed to me a truer face just beneath my own.

Jun 172019
 

Being the Grownup: Love, Limits, and the Natural Authority of Parenthood
by Adelia Moore

Paperback: 322 pages
Publisher: Adelia Moore (June 10, 2019)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0984856064
ISBN-13: 978-0984856060

Children need adults to survive. This, despite the profound change our digital era has wrought on family life, remains the essence of parenthood. Being the Grownup The Natural Authority of Parenthood begins not with what should be, but with what is: If you are a parent, it is your job to provide shelter and safety, to make decisions about education, childcare, health and nourishment, to create the habitat that is the context and crucible of family life. Being the Grownup helps parents translate their determination to care for and protect their children into the clarity they need to communicate authority with a firm confidence, whether for bedtime, screen-time or mealtime. Just as she would in a clinical conversation, the author shifts the focus away from disciplinary strategies and back to the core of parenthood, the relationship between parents and children as it evolves, moment-to-moment, from the dependence of infancy to the autonomy of young adulthood.

There are a host of reasons that contemporary parents might feel uneasy about embracing their natural authority. There have always been parents who doubted themselves, often blaming their children, who may seem determined to challenge every limit. If authority is natural, why is that so? Looking for the answer in the characteristics of developmental stages or parenting strategies often leaves parents frustrated, because being a parent is not something you do to a child but something you are with a child. Parental authority is not simply a matter of discipline with time-outs, or even skilled negotiation and conflict resolution. Parent and child are two human beings whose bodies and voices, experiences, perspectives and emotions shape their interactions with each other. Like everything else about relationships, it’s complicated.

Being the Grownup zeroes in on the core challenge for every parent, the hard work of building a relationship that combines trust and connection with confident authority children can feel and rely on. Relationships take time, and so does learning about relationships. Readers will not find bullet points or formulas. Instead, to more fully understand what happens moment to moment between parents and children, and what patterns between them may strengthen or undermine parents’ authority, my readers will find moments in the parent-child relationship examined from a variety of angles. Each chapter delves deep into a topic, including attachment, temperament, family systems theory and body language, making connections from theory and research to everyday family life.

No one book can tell you what to do in every situation with every child. There are simply too many variables. That’s why it’s important to know more about what to think about parenthood and the relationship you have with each of your children: Being the Grownup helps you do that.

Thoughts
This is a book that would be very helpful for many parents, teachers, or anyone who interacts with children.

The book will help you have a better relationship with your child and help calm the tempers and stress of you both. The author covers a large area of situations and will give you the confidence that you can handle whatever comes your way.

Although I don’t agree with everything the author says, I can tell she is very knowlegable in this area and has a lot of good advice. For example, she talks about how children spend too much time on their phones etc., how each child has their own personalities, likes & dislikes, and not spending enough quality family time together. She also touches on co-parenting.

I raised my kids in the late 80’s and it was a very different time, but if I was raising kids today, I would be thankful for this book.

#beingthegrownup
@tlcbooktours
@adelia_moore

 

Purchase Links

Amazon | Barnes & Noble | IndieBound

 

About Adelia Moore

Adelia Moore, PhD, is a clinical psychologist in New York City specializing in therapy with couples, parents of children of all ages, and families. She also works with young adults still working out relationships with their parents. Moore received her BA in English from Harvard, a master’s degree in Child Development from the University of Pittsburgh, and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Cincinnati. Moore has worked in diverse settings including a community health center, a homeless shelter, a children’s hospital in Newington, CT, and private practice. She was an adjunct professor of psychology at Trinity College, Hartford, CT, St. Joseph’s University, West Hartford, CT, and New York University. Moore’s essays have appeared in the Christian Science Monitor and HuffPost. She has four grown sons and five grandchildren. She lives in Manhattan and Upstate New York with her husband.

Find out more at her website, and connect with her on TwitterFacebook, and Instagram.

Jun 162019
 

Sunday Reflections

Linking up with:
Sunday Salon
Sunday Post

Outside…
85°, with humidity the “feels like” is 95°, and it rained earlier and there’s an 80% chance of more rain

Thankful…
For the time I spent with my daughter, her family, and my son in law’s family in St. Augustine last Fri.-Mon., we had a lot fun!

Reading…
Someone to Look Up To by Jean Gill

Listening To…
Have You Seen Luis Valez? by Catherine Ryan Hyde

Books Needing Reviewed…
1. I’m Fine And Neither Are You by Camille Pagan
2. Postcards From A Stranger by Imogen Clark
3. And Every Morning The Way Home Gets Longer And Longer by Fredrick Backman
4. Her One Mistake by Heidi Perks
5. Rumple Buttercup by Matthew Gary Grubler

On Hold At The Library…
Summer of ’69 by Elin Hildebrand

Watching…
I’ve been watching some really good movies on Netflix lately, Take Me Home was one of them

In The Kitchen…
This week I’ll be making Baby Lima Beans & Cornbread, Turkey Roast with Honey Gold Potatoes & Carrots, Hamburgers & Fries

New To Me Stuff:
My daughter in law makes a really good Chai tea. She makes it with:
32. oz Original Silk Almond milk
32. oz Tazo chai classic latte
16. oz CoffeeMate Vanilla Natural Bliss creamer

I have never liked tea, but this is really good!

Today’s To Do List…
I worked this morning and now I have to do laundry. After that I’ll be reading, watcing tv, and relaxing.

Today’s Bible Verse…
And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.
Mark 12:30

From the camera…

Saw these two in St. Augustine last week on my mini vaca

Jun 102019
 

Every Tuesday I host First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros sharing the first paragraph or two of a book that I’m reading or plan to read soon

Feel free to join in by posting your own FCFPTI and linking below

Have You Seen Luis Velez?

Have You Seen Luis Velez? by Catherine Ryan Hyde

Part One
October

Chapter One
Those Eyes

Raymond slipped out the door of his family’s apartment and across the hall to the railed stairs. He looked down the long, rectangular stairwell, four floors down to the lobby. At first he saw no one.

Jun 052019
 

Who Laid the Egg? by [Sauble, Audrey]

Who Laid the Egg? by Audrey Sauble

File Size: 5142 KB
Print Length: 40 pages
Publisher: Larch Books (February 24, 2017)
Publication Date: February 24, 2017
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Language: English
ASIN: B06VYGVVFT

A dinosaur, a chicken, and an ostrich.

These animals all lay eggs . . . but they are all so different!

Who laid this BIG egg?
Who laid this small clump of eggs?
And can you figure out the surprise at the end?!

Meet some of the wonderful egg-laying animals in our world with this fun, easy-to-read picture book.

Babies and toddlers will love the friendly animals and bright colors.

Preschoolers and young readers can learn new words through repetition and rhythm as they read along with the story.

Enjoy the warm, realistic pictures as you encounter an ostrich, a chicken, a frog, and a turtle, as well as other, unexpected creatures!

Thoughts
This is a cute book that educates children on three different animals and the different eggs they lay. The question “Who laid the egg?” is asked with pictures of different animals and the children are supposed to figure out which animal layed that particular egg. Then the answer is given so they know whether they were right or not.

The illustrations are great and I think all young children would enjoy this fun book.

Jun 032019
 

Every Tuesday I host First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros sharing the first paragraph or two of a book that I’m reading or plan to read soon

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Turtle in Paradise

Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer L. Holm

June 1935
1
Rotten Kids

Everyone thinks children are sweet as Necco Wafers, but I’ve lived long enough to know the truth: kids are rotten. The only difference between grown-ups and kids is that grown-ups go to jail for murder. Kids get away with it.

I stare out the window as Mr. Edgit’s Ford Model A rumbles along the road, kicking up clouds of dust. It’s so hot that the backs of my legs feel like melted gum, only stickier. We’ve been driving for days now; it feels like eternity.

I started listening to this book today. What do you think? Would you keep reading?

Jun 022019
 

Sunday Reflections

Linking up with:
Sunday Salon
Sunday Post

Outside…
It’s 94° but factoring in the humidity the “feels like” temp. is 101°.

Thankful…
For my daughter Kilah who turns 37 today

Reading…
Check out my Summer Reading List

Listening To…
Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer L. Holm

Books Needing Reviewed…
I still have 5 books that I’ve finished but haven’t reviewed yet!

Library Books…
I currently have 14 books checked out from the library, not all read yet

Watching…
I watched 2 movies (Prime Video on AppleTV) recently that are older but both were really good
Take Me Home with Sam Jaeger & his wife Amber Jaeger
Yours, Mine, & Ours with Denise Quad(♥) & Renn Russo

Mind Body Spirit…
Got my blood test results back and everything was great!

In The Kitchen…
Thai Chicken Curry Soup: Freddie Prinze Jr.’s Back In The Kitchen
Orange Chicken Stir Fry: George Stella’s Quick & Easy Low Carb

New To Me Stuff:
Nothing last week

Looking forward to…
Having a 3 day weekend mini vaca starting next Saturday

A Favorite Bible Verse…
Seek the Lord and his strength, seek his face continually
1 Chronicles 16:11

From the camera…

Jun 012019
 

I love making reading lists but am usually not very good at finishing the list. Still, this is the plan: (I’m currently reading the first 3, slowly but surely)

If you made a Summer Reading List I’d love to know what books you chose

 

Nanaville: Adventures in Grandparenting

Nanaville by Anna Quindlen

 

I Ain't Doin' It: Unfiltered Thoughts From a Sarcastic Southern Sweetheart

I Ain’t Doin’ It by Heather Land

 

Rumple Buttercup: A Story of Bananas, Belonging, and Being Yourself

Rumple Buttercup by Matthew Gray Gubler

 

A Beach Wish

A Beach Wish by Shelley Noble

 

Turtle in Paradise

Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer L. Holm

 

The Unhoneymooners

The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren

 

The Overdue Life of Amy Byler

The Overdue Life of Amy Byler by Kelly Harms

 

Have You Seen Luis Velez?

Have You Seen Luis Velez? by Catherine Ryan Hyde

 

The Lido

The Liddo by Libby Page

 

Summer of ’69 by Elin Hilderbrand

 

Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, a Young Man and Life's Greatest Lesson

Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Albom

 

The Uncommon Reader

The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennet

May 272019
 

Every Tuesday I host  sharing the first paragraph or two of a book that I’m reading or plan to read soon

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Being the Grownup: Love, Limits, and the Natural Authority of Parenthood by Adelia Moore

Chapter One-
It was tiem to leave the playground. I was 26, pregnant, and the stay-at-home mom of a 2 year old. My husband and I had just moved to a city that was hundereds of miles away from any family or friends. I knwq no one else with a young child. My son was happily swinging, but it was time for lunch, and soon after that, the battlegroundof nap time. When I told him that it was time tp leave, he said, “No, I don’t want to go; I want to swing”. After a t least two more failed efforts at verbal persuasion, I lifted him off the swing. He cried and squirmed out of my arms and finally threw himself on the ground. He kicked and screamed in a full-fledged tantrum. I wanted to cry myself. As I write, through the window I can see a little girl and her mother walking a Chihuahua. He stops several times and refuses to to walk, and finally she picks him up-just as I did with my son. What were her alternatives? What were mine?

I’m reading this for a book tour on June 17th

May 262019
 

Sunday Reflections

Linking up with:
Sunday Salon
Sunday Post

Outside…
The high today is supposed to be 96° & 42% humidity, sunny & very hot with a slight breeze & low chance of rain

Thankful…
For yesterday and today off work, it’s been a while since I’ve had a weekend off

Reading…
I’m slowly reading I Ain’t Doin’ It: Unfiltered Thoughts From a Sarcastic Southern Sweetheart by Heather Land because I don’t want to race through it, & I just started Nanaville: Adventures in Grandparenting by Anna Quindlen

Listening To…
4 1/2 hours left of Her One Mistake by Heidi Perks

Books Needing Reviewed…
Who Laid the Egg? by Audrey Sauble
I’m Fine And Neither Are You by Camille Pagan
Postcards From A Stranger by Imogen Clark

On Hold At The Library…
Things My Son Needs To Know About The World by Fredrik Backman
Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee by Casey Cep

Watching…
Full Force Nature on Netflix, only 1 season-2006 with 12 episodes

Mind Body Spirit…
I’ve found a few low carb/keto cookbooks that have some really good sounding recipes which I’ll post about when I make them

In The Kitchen…
I plan on making a big pot of spaghetti tommorow

New To Me Stuff:
My Bacon Bonanza by Gotham Steel which I’ve had for a few months but hadn’t used until yesterday while making breakfast, and I LOVE it!

Today’s To Do List…
Going to see Aladdin and then out to eat

Looking forward to…
My two youngest grandkids starting summer vacation the end of the month so we can go to the beach together, it’s been a while since we’ve all gone together

A Favorite Bible Verse…
Whoever oppresses the poor shows contempt for their Maker, but whoever is kind to the needy honors God.
Proverbs 14:31

From the camera…

Boots quickly found her favorite spot when we moved. She lays there for hours every day watching to see who or what is going to go by next. In our neighborhood there are plenty of cars going by, people walking or riding bikes, chickens & cats roaming around and they all keep her glued to that spot, looking for whatever or whoever she’s going to see going by next

May 252019
 

Back to the Kitchen: 75 Delicious, Real Recipes (& True Stories) from a Food-Obsessed Actor

Back To The Kitchen by Freddie Prinze Jr.

Hardcover: 224 pages
Publisher: Rodale Books (June 7, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1623366925
ISBN-13: 978-1623366926

Most people know Freddie Prinze Jr. from movies (She’s All That, Scooby Doo, Star Wars Rebels) and as one half of beloved Hollywood power couple with Sarah Michelle Gellar. But to family, friends, and co-stars he’s always been a terrific father and skilled home cook who prepares delicious meals for his family every night.

Freddie grew up in New Mexico cooking with his mother and eating dishes with a ton of flavor and spice from his Puerto Rican heritage. His eggs come New Mexico style, served with from-scratch biscuits and green-chile gravy. His tacos are the real deal: soft tortillas, homemade salsa, filled with steak layered with quick-pickled cucumbers, or spicy fish dressed with watermelon and thai chiles. Now in this family-focused cookbook, Freddie teaches fans to cook his mainstays, the recipes that he makes on even the busiest weeknights, as well as more luxurious date night meals.

With personal family photos from Freddie and Sarah’s beautiful LA home and Freddie’s hilarious stories about the life of an actor, husband, and father in Hollywood, Back to the Kitchen shares more than just recipes. It’s an inside look at a beloved movie and TV personality who has acted, cooked, and eaten his way around the world.

Thoughts
I was a fan of Freddie Prinze and when I first saw his son Freddie Prinze Jr. on tv I became a fan of his too, so, when I saw this cookbook at my library I grabbed it.

The book has a lot of recipes that I think I’d like to make like Thai Chicken Curry Soup, Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Marinated Skirt Steak with Cherry Tomatoes and Avocado Salsa, and more.

The book has great photos of some of the food and “Secret Tricks” for a lot of them. There are some interesting stories of his family and friends. Freddie is married to actress Sarah Michelle Gellar and has two children, a boy and a girl, and there are also photos of them in the book.

I just got the book yesterday and haven’t had time to make anything yet but I will, and I’ll post about the recipes when I do.

I love this cookbook and am thinking about buying a copy. The recipes don’t have a ton of ingredients and sound easy to make, which is a big hit with me.

May 232019
 

What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami
Philip Gabriel (Translator)
Ray Porter (Narrator)

Audible Audiobook
Listening Length: 4 hours and 23 minutes
Program Type: Audiobook
Version: Unabridged
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Audible.com Release Date: July 29, 2008
Whispersync for Voice: Ready
Language: English, English
ASIN: B001DEWH9E

Equal parts training log, travelogue, and reminiscence, this revealing memoir covers his four-month preparation for the 2005 New York City Marathon. Settings range from Tokyo, where he once shared the course with an Olympian, to the Charles River in Boston among young women who outpace him. Through this marvelous lens of sport emerges a cornucopia of memories and insights: the eureka moment when he decided to become a writer, his triumphs and disappointments, his passion for vintage LPs, and the experience, after fifty, of having seen his race times improve and then fall back.

Thoughts
This was the first book by this author that I’ve read and I’m so glad I decided to try it. It let me into his life and where his mind goes when he’s running. This was a short book at almost 4 1/2 hours, but it seems like a much longer audio (in a good way) because of all the information and descriptions that make you feel as if you are there with him. He travels to a few different places/races and I loved going with him to all of them.

I’m not a runner or a writer, but I loved this book. It lets you into the mindset of Murakami when he’s on a run or writing. It shows how dedicated to both he is. It made me feel like I could do more than I ever thought I could, if I just make up my mind, 100%, to do it.

I’m very glad I listened to. this book. I haven’t quite decided which of his books I’ll choose next, but I will choose one. I may even re-listen to this one in the future. It has a very positive message, with some humor thrown in.

May 202019
 

Every Tuesday I host First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros sharing the first paragraph or two of a book that I’m reading or plan to read soon

Feel free to join in by posting your own FCFPTI and linking below

Rumple Buttercup: A Story of Bananas, Belonging, and Being Yourself
by Matthew Gray Gubler

Come close and I’ll tell you a story

Chapter 1
Once upon a time,
Long ago and far away in a tiny town beneath a purple peaked pine tree…
There lived a monster named Rumple Buttercup

He had…
5 crooked teeth, 3 strands of hair, green skin, and his left foot was slightly bigger than his right

He was weird

And so Rumple worried that if anyone ever saw him they would, be scared, run away, or throw rocks at his head
So he spent his entire life hiding underground in a rain drain right by a garbage can in the middle of town where no one would ever see him