We live in a world that doesnt facilitate family time. The system, most of the universe seems to comply with, serves industrial and econmic gods that place a premium on work, work and some more work. So when a summer breeze beckons and an ice cream parlor’s various goodies call out a family’s name it is, indeed, a rare pleasure that is enjoyed by all ages.
Such evenings are made all the more glorious by an impromptu family trip to a bookstore that happens to be on the way back home. Because not only does the bookstore provide the adults with the, much needed, pleasure of purchasing the latest literary sojourn but it also allows them to pass on a most necessary gift to the children: the habit of reading regularly. When reading becomes a habit for the future generations that is when we can safely say we have afforded them the opportunity to gain perspective on a system that has far too much work and far too little leaisure.
So the next summer’s night you encounter try to make sure it includes, in some way, some chocolate ice cream and a book.
You can thank me later.
Amen. I don’t get enough ice cream and books and family. The summer nights beckon but it’s all catch up on maintenance I missed during the work day and not enough leisure. Thanks for sharing. We have to treasure those moments we get to ourselves and our loved ones.
My distinct pleasure. I think for sanity we have to grab those moments and for children’s growth the reading needs to be a staple of everyday life