After reading these chapters, I made some connections. The first one was in the first paragraph of chapter 11. It reads: " Winter vacation had started, and we children stayed at home." This reminded me of when my family and I went to Germany every year during winter and we stayed at home in bed with the heater on watching tv and drinking soda. I went to Germany every year because my little cousin lived there. I still can picture me in that grey sofa with my eyes closed just relaxing.
The second connection that I made occurred in the beginning of chapter 12 when the narrator tells the reader that grandma cried all the time she thought about the mother and the father not getting so well. This scene reminds me of a film that I watched. In this movie a beautiful couple broke up. And their child cried and cut himself every time that he thought about his family.