The ever changing world of technology in my opinion is killing the book. My kids will never know that you can go to the library and look something up, they will just type it in a search engine. I will admit that if I need a number or an address of a store, etc. I will just Bing it because it’s easier.
I am hugely anti-video games! My little brother used to scream at those games like he was dying, it would drive me crazy. I never wanted my kids to play but when Daddy plays it was inevitable. My son’s whole social life is on xbox live, it’s a sad world. He will never read anything willingly.
When my daughter had to read The Outsiders, I had hope. She liked it, we discussed the characters and she even said “Sodapop sounds hot”. I was so excited, finally one of them gets it! She gets it when she has to, but to willingly pick up a book for herself..no way.
These kids are stimulated all day everyday, it can’t be good for them. I try and explain to them all of the things they are missing, the just don’t get it. Sometimes I think my daughter is close to getting it and well….I am usually disappointed.
Quick reality check, if this is the only way my kids ever disappoint me than I am the luckiest person in the whole world. I get that, I really do, I can still wish though. In my experience reading has always been an escape. I can go anywhere and experience anything in the words, how do you teach somebody else to appreciate that?Daughter of the Forest is one of my most treasured books. I picked it up on a whim in the library and was completely consumed. I was there in the story, and when I had to put the book down it took quite a few minutes to come back to this time. There are not a lot of books that can master that, in my experience anyway. This book was the first in a trilogy and I emailed the author when I was reading the third book and she emailed me back. That was so HUGE for me because I loved these books, and she took the time to answer me.This post came to be when I started this book today. The high temperature today was 9 degrees, it’s crazy cold. Me, I was in Gatlin in the warm sunny south, well partly sunny it did rain quite a bit. My friend PT and I are going to see this when it comes out on Valentines Day. I can’t see the movie until I read the book and I was happily surprised at how fast I was sucked in.
I know I am not alone on this one, I just wish I can show my kids how great it is to escape into another world, time place,etc.