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Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Living La Vida Loca

I used to read every Stephen King, Dean Koontz, and Mad Magazine issue from cover to cover.

Pondering the use of character development and the writing styles of the great authors of my generation, I spent many an hour devouring every good book I could get my hands on while reflecting with Ang on the joys of reading.

These days? Georgie and the Robbers passes as fine literature.

And I wouldn't have it any other way. Rakes smiled from ear to ear tonight as we read this thing for roughly the 1,248th time and begged me to read it again.

I've learned as a parent that our greatest moments don't always happen with trophies, awards, and applause.

They happen when your little boy is almost asleep, curled up in your lap, and all he wants is his Dad, a book, and not to have to brush his teeth before going to bed.

Like I told him, 2 out of 3 ain't bad.

5 comments:

Beth said...

As a librarian, I am a HUGE fan of reading to your kids. Even when you think they're "too old," they still love it. I've actually done some read-alouds with 7th & 8th graders - with wonderful results

Bridget said...

::sniffle::

My dad read to me from the day I came home from the hospital and it meant the world to me. I still have the tapes he made for me of a bunch of stories so that I would have something to listen to when he was traveling. Trust me, those moments mean as much to the kids as they do to the dads.

Ted D said...

Beth and Bridget, I've read to all three of my kids since they were too little to even understand. I still read to Ciera and she's 10! It's one of the few times I can get them to be quiet! But yeah, it's pretty special right now; I know it won't last.

Tex said...

awwwwwwwww. my son loved me reading to him...i remember him asking to read his fav story over and over...

Ted D said...

Same with Rakes, Tex. We've read Georgie and the Robbers AT LEAST 100 times.

Rakes and robbers; should I be somewhat worried?