Boy wonder

They say that there are two types of children out there: those who love to read, and those who loathe it.

Those who loathe it are not necessarily bad students or destined for low paying, paper-hat wearing jobs for all eternity. Quite the opposite, the ones who see reading as a chore might instead flourish in areas like math or science. They might be great teachers or chefs or astronauts or computer technicians. They just don’t see reading as entertaining. Books for pleasure is an oxy moron. Newspapers and magazines are really only good for lining the bird cage. For some kids, reading just isn’t a pleasurable sport.

But for others, it’s an amazing adventure. For some kids, they’ll sacrifice a good night’s sleep just to see what happens in the next chapter. Those kids crave their first library card more than they crave their driver’s license. Those are the ones who will one day start a sentence with “My favorite book in high school was….” and then insert the name of some award-winning novel that was the bane of the existence for the kids who hated reading. (And for the record, mine was “Lord of the Flies,” but I always, ALWAYS got excited when it was time for the Shakespeare chapter.)

I am a reader. It clearly translated into my desire to write as well. I have favorite books. I have a favorite author (John Sanford) and I look forward to the new release of his books each year, always afraid that this time is when he will take the plunge and kill off my favorite fictional character, Lucas Davenport.

My husband not only loves the library, he calls ahead and reserves books. George will not go to sleep without a bedtime story.

And take a look at this:

This picture was taken at about 10 p.m. on Friday night. I tried to snap the picture in the dark, but it wouldn’t show up, so I clicked on the light. And I swear to God, the child didn’t notice. When the book light that came free with his Snuggie (don’t judge me) broke, he almost cried. Thank God I bought this as a backup! Not only does he read every night before bed, but he actually cannot fall asleep without reading. FOR REAL.

We are a family of readers. Let’s hope it sticks.


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4 responses to “Boy wonder

  1. That’s Awesome Marney. I had the habit of balancing the flashlight on my shoulder down pat so I could read well into the night. I miss it sometimes. But good for him and loving it!

  2. MOM

    Marney it will stick.Dad can’t get enough to read.I am not so into books but I can tell you that in high school I loved Pearl Bucks stories on China.I read all my news on this machine,which is good for people like me. I also like e-mails with family matter……like gonad. Love Mom

  3. Aunt Lynne

    I am one of those for whom reading is a punishment. You could not give me a worse punishment than to put a book in front of me and tell me I have to read it. I am a math and science person. I am thankful for those of you (like Aunt Lil) who gave my children the love of reading. Seeing the joy of reading is a great example for children. I was so afraid they would inherit my loathing for the subject.
    I do enjoy reading short stories and news items. I have been recently turned on to your blog and I enjoy reading your wit and wisdom.
    Keep up the good work!

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