Revisit Night 5, here.
Whether you’ve read my posts or visited my house, it should be fairly obvious that I love to read.
Books are a vital ingredient in my happiness, and I think I’ve successfully passed that addiction preference along to my children with plenty of assistance from my equally bibliophilic husband and both of our families.
I doubt that a single gift-giving occasion has passed in our household without someone giving or receiving a new book.
For the sixth night of Hanukkah, I gave each of my boys something interesting to read.
The younger one got an audiobook about his latest obsession: D&D*.
For the older one, there was one book of comedic philosophy by a pair of authors† we’d enjoyed together in audio form, and one graphic novel set in a video game universe he likes that was on his wish list. It hardly seemed fair to make a gift of something to which I’d introduced him as schoolwork, though the philosophy book was a really fun read/listen.
Both had a book that tied in to the game night theme from night five, and all volumes were graciously received, even the educational one.
I like to make our Eight Nights of Hanukkah Gifts things that we can enjoy as a family. We still read together, though even our youngest child is himself now admirably literate.
I think it’s a shame when parents believe ability to read means the kids no longer benefit from reading aloud together. Language was meant for communication, and stories were created to be told and shared.
Audiobooks make a great shortcut when Mom and Dad are tired; having a kid with young eyes become the nighttime storyteller works great, too.
Wishing everyone a sweet bedtime story on this winter’s evening.
Click on for night seven.
*The role playing game Dungeons & Dragons.
†Thomas Cathcart and Daniel Klein, whose other books include Heidegger and a Hippo Walk through those Pearly Gates: Using philosophy (and jokes!) to explain life, death, the afterlife, and everything in betweenand Aristotle and an Aardvark go to Washington: Understanding political doublespeak through philosophy and jokes.