My Reading Buddies

Most of the time I feel like we’re in over our heads with this whole parenting gig. What the hell did we get ourselves into? None of this was in the brochure.

Can’t I get a refund?

Can’t I get an exchange?

In-store credit perhaps?

The noise! Oh the noise. Why do they insist on playing so loud. I swear their voices must be heard by a few other countries. If anyone is wondering what the constant sound of thunder is, it’s coming from our house. If they’re not playing loudly, they’re pissing each other off loudly. Usually for fun. Except it’s only fun for one of them. The other one just screams and screams.

Then there’s the dirt. Don’t even get me started on the dirt. And laundry. And messes.

Through all the noise, the dirt, and the messes there comes a time when something remarkable happens. A time when it gets quiet even though they’re still awake. A time when the messes don’t really matter even though they’re still there. There comes a time when they prove they really do love each other.

Crash disappeared to the basement for awhile the other day. No biggie. I thought he was playing Lego or Wii. Or on the computer because I forgot to sign out. That boys can smell when a computer is logged on three flights of stairs away. That’s where I found him, but he wasn’t watching Minecraft videos. He was writing a book for his brother. I thought my heart was going to burst with pride.

Mind you, it was only 4 pages long, but it was a book to teach to his brother! That’s like finding out Putin is sending food supplies to Crimea.

Bang learned it in no time. Of course, he simply memorized it. However, he has learned the beginning sounds for words. He knows the sound each letter makes at the beginning of words. When he comes to a word he doesn’t know he will start with that beginning sound. From there, he just takes a shot in the dark as to what the word might be.

Through the noise and the dirt and the mess there comes a time when we know we may not be getting everything right. Usually it feels like we’re getting nothing right. In th

ese quiet revelations I realize we’ve nailed this parenting gig. We have fostered the love of reading and books and words and questions.

Yesterday I wrote about our trip to Uisge Ban Falls. In that post I told that we had more traveling to do after our hike. That trip was to the mall. The boys spotted the book store and asked to go.  How in the hell could I say no? I could spend hours there. I have spent hours there. DW left us to go get some perfume. She knew we’d be there looking at books longer than it would take her pick out a new smelly. The boys went straight for the kids section. Then I was told ALL children’s books were 20% off. She might as well have told me DW just bought herself a Princess Leia costume (you know which one). Okay, maybe I wasn’t that excited, but you know what I mean.

The three of us bought two books each. When you have a whole bookstore to choose from, how do you pick just one? I was lucky to make it out with just two.


Bet you can’t guess who bought which books… Which to read first…

Now that you’ve made it this far, here is a 30 second video of a 5 year old learning to read.

(I silenced their names)


35 thoughts on “My Reading Buddies

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  2. Exchange? Refund? Credit? Say..orphanage?! LOL…totally hear you on this Eric. Every single sentence made me go uh-huh. (And getting out of the bookshop with only 2 books – luckily for me, I can mostly find Dutch books here, so I’m safe. :p Otherwise, lord knows how many I’d bring out with me)

    So endearing of Crash to write the 4 page for his brother…that’s when you go “awwwww”. I’ve caught Spud doing that with Squirt as well and she can sometimes be so patient with him it’s amazing!

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  3. Stella has started (occasionally) agreeing to read to Felix. That’s the absolute best. That’s when you know that even with the dirt and boogers and poop and screaming and sleep deprivation you’ve done something right!

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  4. Awww… Well done Eric! Yes! Such a great success! Crash is so so sweet. What a thoughtful brother. ❤ I love your line: "… it's like..Putin is sending food supplies to Crimea." lol! Classic! Thank you so much for linking up with us on #FabFridayPost


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  6. I’m assuming the minecraft book was yours 😉
    Joking aside, I think it’s wonderful that the boys want to go to bookstores! I just took my little man (14 months old) to a Barnes and Noble today. It was the first time I’d been in a while (i tend to buy online or borrow on my kindle lately) and it was nice to walk around…it’s overwhelming for a nerd like me though, the possibilities are endless! There was supposed to be a story time in the kids’ section, but they had cancelled it. I so want my boy to love books and reading. He know what “book” is and will bring one to me and sit in my lap so I can read it. 🙂 I think I should end this reply now (maybe use it as inspiration for a blog post! Hehe)


  7. I’m assuming the minecraft book was yours 😉
    Joking aside, I think it’s wonderful that the boys want to go to bookstores! I just took my little man (14 months old) to a Barnes and Noble today. I so want him to love books and reading. He know what “book” is and will bring one to me and sit in my lap so I can read it. 🙂

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