Reading novels/books is one of my favorite things to do. By the time, I developed a love for reading back in college, thanks to my dear friend, Mina, for the influence, I would want to finish a book in one sitting, bring one to school, so, while I was stuck in traffic and even when the jeepney was moving, I could read – bad practice, I know. I sort of laid low when my eyesight got worse: stigmatism and blurred vision combined. Now, reading is dealt differently already because first and foremost, I want to influence Rem the right way. This time, I don’t read with a pressure of finishing immediately, I do it for relaxation and fun purposes, which is a lot better. I make sure I always have good reads at home: fiction, inspirational, self-help, magazines etc.
Before Rem’s classes ended , I bought her, her very first book from National Bookstore. She was with me, so, the book was kind of approved by her. I went to the shelf where kids books were on display, and made sure it’s age appropriate. I remember having read her regularly even in utero, and reading to her at bedtime when she was a baby. Basically, I’ve introduced her to books since then, in fact, instead of buying toys, I’d buy books. For fear that she would lose her love for books or reading the traditional way, I decided to make her read again. And since I am her biggest influence, I am often reading, too.
the bottom 3 are my books at the moment…I tend to read different books simultaneously, depending on my mood – weird eh
Guess what, she just finished the book today, she read it for about 3-weeks, I guess. But, I consider it an achievement already, as she was happy having been able to finish it. The good thing about it is, she was able to tell me the story the way she understood it. I am so proud that it was reading with understanding, indeed. What amazed me more was when she told me that it has to be donated or sold for one peso only (hahah). Well, I am keeping it for sentimental reasons – those firsts count, right?! With all the e-books craze, I may be such an old soul because I didn’t like it. I tried it once, but didn’t finish one book. I just thought, it’s gonna be consuming the gadget’s battery faster, the radiation and my sight. There was that sense of guilt (sorry!:-)).
We will be out tomorrow for her Art Class, and I am so excited to buy her a new book afterwards. At first, I was worried that summer would be boring for us, now, I can say, it isn’t and won’t be. Happy summer, guys!