If Yoda tells you to read, you really have no choice – and this is the shirt for you. Click on the picture to find out how to purchase yours (yes, this is a blatent and cheap advertisement for a company that I know nothing about – I just like the shirt).
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My son (12 years old) took me to see the new Star Wars (Clone Wars) movie tonight. We were actually supposed to see The Mummy, but he misread the newspaper and thought it started at 6:30pm instead of the actual 7:30pm. So we settled on Star Wars at 6:50, bought our popcorn and cokes (I know, I’m supposed to stop drinking Coke – according to my New School Year Resolutions - but it’s not September 1 yet) and settled into an empty theater.
Since we had thirty minutes to kill and were in an empty theater, we thought nothing of sitting and talking. We noticed the screen was looping through about six movie quotes, and after the third time through we started calling out the answers just before they were revealed. I was reminded of a scene from my favorite movie, Groundhog Day, when Bill Murray is sitting in the B&B living room eating snacks and calling out the answers (actually, questions) during Jeopardy (“What is Lake Titicaca?” still cracks me up – Junior High potty humor still makes me laugh). Anyway, my son seemed to like the movie.
I found it interesting that only four other people entered the theater to watch the movie with us – and they were all adults - until I realized that school started today (I guess good parents don’t take their kid to a movie on a school night), there was a baseball game going on across the way, and some other big event was going in another stadium down the street.
I guess there wasn’t that much to report. We just had a great time together. Again. (He’s not a teenager, yet).
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One of my goals, if I became a father, was to be a good father. We waited fourteen years to have kids (my wife says we had to wait for me to grow up – but had to quit waiting or we would never have had kids).
I didn’t really define what a good father was, except that I knew I had to somehow influence my kids to be readers. At any rate, my wife and I committed to reading with our kids from the womb until they turned (about) 10. Although we mixed it up a bit, for the most part I read with our son and she read with our daughter.
My son and I read every night. There were times (when he was around 3-4) that he would say, “Dad, can we not read tonight?” And my answer was always, “This is what we do.” Well, I started my doctorate when he was about six and would work all day Friday as a principal, then drive about an hour and a half to grad school and attend classes. I would get home on Friday nights at about 11:30pm and he would be waiting on the stairs with a book. One Friday night I came home really tired and looked at my son and said, “Dude, I’m really tired. Let’s not read tonight.” His response? You guessed it – “But dad, this is what we do.”
Here are some of our favorite books we read together during that time:
The Hardy Boys series (the whole set in one year), The Chronicles of Narnia series, The Space Trilogy, the Lemony Snicket series, the Great Illustrated Books series, the Accidental Detectives series, and several individual books like Maniac McGee and Tuck Everlasting (these are the books and series that my son says hold special memories for him).
He decided he was ready to read on his own not too long after he turned 10 and started with the Star Wars series, then moved on to the Redwall series. I miss reading together, but am thrilled that he has become such a voracious reader. He has even written a couple of his own books – while he was 11.
I know there is more to being a good father than reading together, but I also hope this was at least a start.
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