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Tiaras and Trucks

Monday, May 2, 2011

Reading is Cool

Like so many parents, I've asserted that what I want most for my kids is for them to be happy and healthy.  I say I try not to look at them and say doctor! lawyer! nuclear physicist! actor!  I say that I hope that I can be a constant source of love and support as they find their own paths.

But those are lies.

Because, really, there is something I want my kids to be.

I want them to be readers.  Bookworms.  Gluttons for the written word.

Some of my earliest memories involve books and reading and falling into worlds crafted by others, and I desperately want Abbey and Dylan to experience those moments of wonder and imagination.  Maybe they'll be curled up with an e-reader instead of a worn, library copy of The Boxcar Children, and I am absolutely fine with that, as long as they're reading.

I've been told that I know an obsene amount of utterly useless facts and information, and I fully credit that to all of the reading I do.  Books have opened doors to times and places and people I never could have imagined.

So, even though I can honestly say I hope they choose careers and life paths that lead to a contented life, I also have to mention that I hope, hope, hope that they'll walk down that path with good books under their arms.

Or a good Kindle.
Abbey's reading Tails to Dylan
it's a favorite, because there are tails you can touch
"seriously, put the camera away!
Dylan's not even dressed yet!"
the morning after Easter
I love that they're reading their new books

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8 Comments:

  • At May 2, 2011 at 4:45 PM , Anonymous Kir said...

    I am convinced that we are sisters..Polish, the shoes and shopping..the little bit of lipstick, our love of books!!!!! We have to be related!
    I agree..I want Gio and Jacob to be READERS more than anything. Words give u life!!!!!

     
  • At May 2, 2011 at 6:51 PM , Anonymous lumpsonablog said...

    Me too. I have insane amounts of children's books leftover from life as a former elementary teacher. Even though the movers hate me every.single.time, I love that my kids can't get enough when it comes to reading. Our current favorite author is Todd Parr - check him out if you haven't yet!

     
  • At May 2, 2011 at 9:09 PM , Anonymous shellthings said...

    I want my boys to love books.

    That is my excuse for sometimes ignoring them to read. ;)

     
  • At May 2, 2011 at 9:57 PM , Anonymous J. Bruno said...

    I agree with you. I am not much of a reader anymore, but as a child - I couldn't get enough. The Boxcar Children, The Bunnicula Series, King of the Dollhouse. I loved everything I read. :-) You are a good mother to hope that for your children. ;-)

     
  • At May 2, 2011 at 10:11 PM , Anonymous Angela said...

    Oh my, I forgot about Bunnicula the vampire bunny until you wrote that! So funny!

     
  • At May 2, 2011 at 10:12 PM , Anonymous Angela said...

    LOL :) My mom and I spent many afternoons in our family room reading together (our own books)

     
  • At May 2, 2011 at 10:13 PM , Anonymous Angela said...

    Noted and I will get a Todd Parr book on our next trip to the library.

     
  • At May 2, 2011 at 10:14 PM , Anonymous Angela said...

    I am so glad we found each other Kirst :) There are just so many places books can take you :)

     

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