Saturday, September 6, 2008

My Son, The Non-Reader

I woke up this morning at about 8:00. I turned over, looked at the clock - nothing. Like every other morning, I tried CNN - nothing. Eventually, my sleepy mind realized that the power was off. Of course, this was the perfect opportunity to read - the house was quiet, my son was still asleep. Heaven!

When my 15 year-old son finally woke up, he instantly noticed the lack of electricity. Stunned, he walked into my room...

Son: What am I supposed to do, nothing works.

Mom: Go outside.

Son: It's too hot.

Mom: Listen to your iPod.

Son: It's not charged.

Mom: Clean your room. (Well, it was worth a try!)

Son: I can't, there's no T.V.

Mom: What?

Son: I have to watch T.V. when I clean my room.

Mom: Well, read a book.

Son (laughing hysterically): You've got be kidding!

Someday, I can only hope that my son experiences the joy that I have - immersed in books.

I have been able to capture his attention with a few graphic novels. But, as for other books, he would rather cut the grass with nail clippers. I will not admit defeat yet - I still have a few years to work on him!


Jena said...

I had a couple kids (students) who were drawn into Orson Scott Card's Ender's Game series when I described it like reading a video game. If your son's at all into any science fiction movies (Star Wars comes to mind), I'd try that. (They're turning it into a movie that I anticipate will actually be very good.)

Erin said...

Thanks, I'll give it a try!

Klarusu said...

Teehee! I like the fact that room cleaning is intrinsically linked to TV!

Erin said...

In my house, I think everything is linked to T.V. - even breathing ;)