Like Mother, Like Daughter #sol20

“I want to stay until I finish the book,” my daughter pressed, “I’ve only got 30 more pages.” My heart beamed at that moment. The feeling of not being able to put a book down had escaped my daughter in her teen years. Assignments, readings for school, social media, and Netflix all compete for her time.

In spite of her lack of pleasure reading, I have continued to buy her books for every occasion: Christmas, birthdays, trips, just because. But, they have sat on her shelf waiting to be picked up or started and set to the side when something more pressing came up.

This past summer we took a day trip to a neighboring town for lunch, shopping, and a stop at a sunflower field. While there, we visited a small bookshop called Wild Geese Bookshop. When Gretchen found two books she was interested in, of course we bought them. I have never been able to say no to any book purchase. It was one of these books that she could not put down this week. Choice. It is so important in the life of a reader. No matter how many books I gifted her that I thought she would like, her personal interest is what was important. I would never have chosen this book for her.

Now she is at that point, “What will I read next?” “I don’t have another book with me.” She is hooked again. Her university has suspended all in person classes for the semester. She has another week before her online classes start up. Just enough time without assignments to get drawn into another book, or two, or three.

6 thoughts on “Like Mother, Like Daughter #sol20

  1. This- “ It is so important in the life of a reader. No matter how many books I gifted her that I thought she would like, her personal interest is what was important. I would never have chosen this book for her.” I hope she passes the time with another good read, perhaps audio or and e-book? Happy reading and slicing.

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  2. Personal interest is so important in choosing a book. Most books I was assigned as a student, I went to a Catholic school so many books were about Christians being thrown to the lions, were a chore to read. However, books I picked for myself I couldn’t put down.

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  3. wow! I love this. the unfolding of a reader’s life. how it progresses through. i did this too, with my oldest guy, got him all the formidable books that ushered me into my own unfolding. he said he read one of them but didn’t remember which when i asked a few years later. i found them in his closet on monday while looking for something for my middle guy to read. so now i’m kind of forcing him to read one of my old faves. hopefully it sparks something. i really love how you wrote this, and the moments and sentiments within even more. beautiful post!

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