Don't worry this post is NOT about laundry, but it was on my mind when I started writing.
This post is about Jameson. I have been meaning to write for a couple of weeks now about his newly found interest in chapter books. I'm not crazy in that way, so I would never offer a chapter book to a 2 year old because I would not expect him to be interested.
About a month ago, I was at my parents' house, and I decided to bring home more of the stuff that still clutters my old room at their house. Oddly, I have so many things still there that it looks like I still live there. Anyway, that day I decided I would bring home more of the children's books that I accumulated while taking a children's literature course back when some bad circuitry in my brain had me thinking I would go into teaching (While doing my student teaching semester, I decided it wasn't for me).
I brought home a small Roald Dahl collection that includes George's Marvelous Medicine, Matilda, The Twits, The BFG, and Esio Trot. I set them on the desk upstairs, and didn't think much of them until I later saw that Jameson had moved them into his room. Again, I just thought he would look at them and get bored once he realized they didn't have many pictures.
He didn't. He asked me to read George's Marvelous Medicine, and we finished it a few days later. We have since moved on to Matilda. When I started reading George's Marvelous Medicine, I thought for sure he'd be bored in 5 minutes. He wasn't. In fact, he was anxious to find out what was going to happen. I can't lie - I was interested too. It's a nice change reading a chapter book to him since picture books and such can get boring when you're reading them for the tenth time. On the other hand, some never get old because they're fun to read.
I'm interested to see if he asks me for more once we finish the Roald Dahl set, and I'm wondering where this will lead. I'm not really a fiction aficionado, but I love non-fiction. Lately, I've been on a business and financial topics kick. You don't suppose he'd want to read Family Business Succession with me? Okay, maybe I'll wait until he's four.