I read The New York Times religiously every day, & although I find it informative, I rarely find the articles heart warming. I suspect the editors at The NY Times are a bit cynical, as am I frankly. But the gray lady surprised me on March 18th with a truly heart warming (there is no other way to describe it) story entitled “A Father Daughter Bond-Page by Page. ”
Many parents read to their children at bedtimes, but none can say they have read together for 3,218 nights. What started out as bet between Mr. Brozina & his daughter Kristen to see if they could read together for 100 straight bedtimes turned into The Streak.
I find the story especially appealing because they started The Streak with “The Tin Woodman of Oz,” one of the titles in the fabulous Oz series by L. Frank Baum. (Readers of my newsletter & column know how I feel about the Oz books!) The idea of bonding through reading is a big part of my family too. My mom hasn’t read aloud to me since I was 6 yrs old, but we exchange books on a regular basis. The success of book clubs in recent years is ,I think, attributable to the same bonding . Reading is a different shared experience than going to the movies or participating in a sporting event–not necessarily better, but different. So borrow a book, lend a book , chat about it. See what happens!
(Note to parents: Kristen graduates from college this spring with a 3.94 average & has been accepted to the master’s in liberal arts program at the University of Pennsylvania. So if you needed add’l impetus to start reading aloud, there is a good student thing to go along with the bonding thing!)