Nothing to Read & A Lot Like Me

Last night, the eldest kiddo (almost 13 years old) and I had a conversation that went like this:

Me: You need to find a book to read for your English class.
Him:  I don't have anything to read!
Me:  Excuse me?  In this house, you really think you can make an argument for having nothing to read?
Him:  Grumble, grumble.
Me:  There are two books on the Kindle app on your iPod.  There are two unread books in your bedroom that you got for Easter.
Him:  Grumble, grumble.

Having an almost-teen is an experience... not sure exactly what kind of experience yet, but an experience nonetheless.  He skulked off to his bedroom, and I just shook my head.  Nothing to read?  In my house?  Yeah, right.  He had to know he wasn't getting away with that one!

He comes out a few minutes later with a book I've never seen before in my life - "The Land" by Mildred Taylor. Now granted, there are lots of books in my house, but I do have a sort of "catalog" of them in my head.  And this one was not one I'd laid eyes on before.

Me:  Where'd that book come from?
Him:  I got it in 5th grade when they were giving away free books from the library.
Me:  Hmmmm.

So... I go to his school website and look up the book to see how many Accelerated Reader points it's worth. 18 points!  And it was a freebie he picked up from the school library over 2 years ago.

My point?  Well, other than the point that dealing with an almost-teen can be hilarious, frustrating, infuriating, and joyous all at the same time?  The point is that I think I've created a reader sort of like me.  The fact that he could go rummage around in his bedroom for a few minutes and come out with a book that he's had for 2 years and never read... well, that sounds an awful lot like me.

And despite the fact that we had a semi-argument about him finding a book to read, it made me smile.

After all, one can never have too many books.

Happy reading and writing everyone!

1 comment:

  1. Well, you know how many books I have in my house. Over 7,000. From picture books to classics. And I just got a new one today. Now that I'm writing so much, I don't have time to read though. WAAAAA!
    I have been reading research material though. You could sign him up on good reads to post the books he's read and the books he's reading. Maybe you'll start a trend with his age group.
    Teresa R.