Hey, Steph. You rock, too.
Beyond those early read-to-me years, it's important that kids see their parents reading. All my kids but one are voracious readers and I think that's due in part to the fact that there were books in every room of the house just waiting to be picked up. And that includes the flushable chambers which we refer to as our reading rooms.
My husband wasn't much of a reader when we married, but he has morphed into one in self defense. When we go to the library, his stack is almost as big as mine although we're worlds apart in subject matter. He checks out books on woodcarving, fishing, origami, paper planes, reptiles--mostly non-fiction. Stuff I wouldn't read in a million years, but that's okay. It's still reading.
On our trips to Ireland, we take an empty suitcase or two along and check out the second hand bookstores in Belfast and Dublin. This last time (Feb.), we brought back over 300 books for less than the shipping alone would have cost. Most were things I couldn't get here in the States and wouldn't have known about to order on line. It's funny. Many of the sellers gave me a deep discount (of course, I was buying 15 or 20 books at a crack), in part because they were book lovers, too, and were happy to see someone make good use of volumes that had been sitting all forlorn and lonely on the shelves. What I spent to buy these mostly used books would have run me three or four times as much if I'd tried to order them from home. The savings covered the cost of the trip. Hmmm. Maybe I need to tell dh it's time to save some more money.
Our older son has yet to pick up the reading habit, but I think that's because he's just been too busy. He's never been one to sit still long. He's in his mid-twenties now, and I don't think he can keep up that pace forever. I hope he'll eventually discover the world of books, even books on tape.
It makes me sad to think there are homes that don't have anything to read in them other than the TV guide. TV doesn't have to be the enemy. There are wonderful screen adaptations that make you want to run right out and find the original story. And there are stories that inspire you to track down other works by the same author. And look at the whole Harry Potter phenomenon. But watching TV without also reading is like hopping along on one foot. You might arrive at the same place, but it will take longer and rattle your brains along the way.
I am very much looking forward to the December release of "The Bee Season." If you haven't read the book by Myla Goldberg, this is a wonderfully disturbing story. Nothing at all like I imagined from the title. I hope the film is faithful to the story, if not in all the details, at least in the intent. My biggest reservation is that I'm not a big fan of Richard Gere and his casting seems questionable at best. I'll reserve judgment, though. He's been able to make me forget that he's him in other movies. I guess that's what you call acting. Besides, without "name" actors (Juliette Binoche is in this, too), I'm sure this film would be consigned to arthouse obscurity.
Bottom line is--I love reading. Long live Amazon
, B&N, Half.com, and all the rest. Do you have Half Price Books anywhere nearby?
Sorry about your little guy's bird. (Read about its demise on another thread.)