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Monday, December 12, 2011

The Love of Reading

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.

Merry Christmas!

6 comments:

Constance Phillips said...

It is wonderful that your kids love books. That's a precious gift you've already given them!

Books are a popular gift on my list this year too.

Shay Lacy said...

Tracy: It's a rare and wonderful gift you've given your children.

I, too, hope to load my Kindle with wonderful stories.

Ayda Recknagel said...

I know how you feel about passing that love on to your children. The kid I always thought was least likely to love reading out of my three - the one who didn't sit still until he dropped asleep at night his whole life - is now the one who loves to read the most.

Happy Holidays!

Patrice Kavanaugh said...

The love of reading is a wonderful gift to pass on to others. The gift of reading is a great treasure to give...and to receive. Happy Holidays to you and your family.

Susan Charnley said...

What a terrific gift you've given, and not just to your kids. Think of all those unknown folks who will benefit because your boys will share what they read and learn from reading with others. Teaching one person to read and love reading benefits hundreds, maybe thousands of people.

Em-Musing said...

Yes, it is a terrific gift. All my grandkids love to read and I love buying them books.