I took my two youngest kids Christmas shopping last week. Before we left, we made a list of everyone they wanted to shop for. I started off asking them "What do you think this person might like?" Both boys stared at me wordlessly.
I tried a different tack and asked "Tell me three things that this person likes." Oh, this worked out much better. Here's a bit of the lists they created:
Daddy: Writing, Tools, Reading
Sister: Reading, Games, Makeup
Brother: Gnomes, Reading, the Beatles
When I asked each one of them separately about the other, "reading" was also on both lists, as it was on mine (I later found out). I love this. Really, really love this.
Being nine-year-old little boys, not every person on their list is receiving a book this Christmas, but isn't it wonderful they could have? Books and the stories they contain are amazing gifts, and aren't we lucky there are so very many available to us?
I know plenty of folks on my shopping list will be receiving books this year for Christmas. Or...for those who own e-readers, gift certificates to buy books with. But as I sit here this morning, I am so pleased to know I have passed the love of reading on to my kids...personally, I can't think of a better gift to give or to receive.