Linda’s grandmother lived in what her sisters and she called “The Plastic Palace.” Her grandmother covered everything with plastic. Everything … chairs, tables, lampshades … and, of course, her living room couch, including the throw pillows. Plastic is fun, right? But who would suspect that it could also set off a painful memory of the Vietnam War for Linda’s father?
- What intrigues you about the home of your grandparents or other older people? What do you smell, taste, hear, or touch when you visit their homes?
- How does the description of food add to the visual image of the dining room scene?
- Were you surprised at the twist near the end of the story? How did her father’s reaction to the popping sound affect you?
- Do you know someone who has fought overseas in a war? Have you ever talked with them about their experiences? If you could, what would you ask?
- The term ‘shell shock’ has been changed to ‘post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). What do you know about it?
- The Things They Cannot Say: Stories Soldiers Won’t Tell You about What They’ve Seen, Done or Failed to Do in War by Kevin Sites
- Once a Warrior–Always a Warrior: Navigating the Transition from Combat to Home–Including Combat Stress, PTSD, and MTBI by Charles Hoge
- What It Is Like To Go To War by Karl Marlantes
- African American/Black History
- Family and Childhood
- Living and Traveling Abroad