As many of you know, we’ve been in the process of selling our townhouse and buying a house that is bigger and fits our needs better. I honestly came to dislike so many things about the process, but the biggest one was showing our townhouse. It is so weird to think that strangers are walking through your house. It also became difficult to figure out where to go sometimes. You can’t always go to a restaurant and eat, but there just aren’t that many places to hang out for an hour or two.
One night, it was just me and my youngest son and I had the novel idea to go to the library. It was quiet and I was able to get in some good reading time. I also made the amazing discovery that my son loves to read. (I already knew it, but it was startlingly clear once it became an actual “thing”)
We’ve been to the library many times since to hand in books and check out new ones. For the most part, Andru was checking out Manga, but on our last trip to the library, he realized that the series he was reading didn’t have any new books. He walked over there for a few minutes, but then he was back with me. I was so surprised when he said he wanted to check out a “real” book.
So, I asked him what kind of books he wanted to read and we discovered that we have the same taste in books. I found a book I thought he’d like and then we talked about books all the way home. At one point he turned to me and said, “Mom, I had no idea you had so many books.”
I was shocked. “Don’t you remember my book case at the house when I lived there?”
“Well, yeah, but I didn’t realize they were yours.” (I don’t think those were his exact words, but pretty close.)
I told him I was the girl who always had a book in her hand when I was his age. I walked home from school reading a book; I sat at my locker and read books before school and in between classes; I lost sleep reading books.
He admitted he did the same things and we laughed and shared a pretty special moment in the car. It’s always fun to realize you share something in common with your kids. Adelle and Jaxon love music and we share that love with each other. Andru likes music too, but not in the same way as the other two, so it was fun to realize I can now share my books and my love of books with my son.
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