The Best Gift
By Cait Collins
Writers have the responsibility to instill the love of reading in our children and grandchildren, nieces and nephews, and our children’s friends. Times may have changed with kids spending more time playing video games and watching television or movies, but reading will always be important.
Reading opens the doors of adventure for every reader. I have never been to England, Scotland or Ireland, but I’ve walked the moors, stood on the Dover Cliffs, and explored Westminster Abby. I have seen the lush green of Ireland’s hillsides and watched waves crash on the rocky coast. Does the Loch Ness Monster exist? I searched but never saw him. Thanks to my teachers and my parents, I’ve lived my adventures in books. Think how far your children will explore when they have a book in hand.
A reader can conquer the world. People who read have more employment opportunities. They advance faster in their careers. Children do better in school. They tend to want more education. They enjoy learning. If they can read, learn programming languages, and have a vivid imagination, they can create their own video games and movies.
So, why not turn off the TV, confiscate computers and cell phones. Gather the family on the sofa or in the middle of a bed, and spend a few minutes with a good book. Younger children still enjoy Little Golden Books. Let them pretend to be a puppy or a duck and hear the barks and quacks as the story unfolds. Middle Readers can learn about life during the westward expansion. Old Yeller is a great story. Little ladies become princesses. Trust me. They will begin to reach for a book instead of spending endless hours at the computer. In the end, they will thank you for those hours spent as a family reading a good book.