Boys are gross.
Last night the captain asked Eli, “Will you quit eating stuff off of your foot?”
Last week he asked Davy, “Will you quit chomping your food?”
Davy answered, “Well then how else am I supposed to eat?”
But this morning, they are all off to scout camp, giddy, goofy, and ready for a week of being totally gross. The house is quieter now. God bless those leaders that are in charge of them.
It’s been such a nice day. I do no have to think about reading with them this week or civilizing them for that matter. I mentioned that I’ve been trying to read Pride and Prejudice with my son recently. We had made it all the way to Chapter 5 this week , but we really hit a wall yesterday.
Ben was asking questions like: Why do they all talk so much? Why is Sir Lucas even a character in the story? Why isn’t there more action?
We’ll give the book a go when Ben gets backs, but it’s not something I’m going to force on him (well, maybe a little). On a more positive note, Ben did finish Homeless Bird, a story about an Indian girl who has to marry at 13.
Ben protested plenty when we started, but I read the first few chapters to him while he buried his head in the couch. I had to read to him again the next day, but he finished the book on his own. I highly recommend it for your non-readers because even though it is a National Book Award winner, it is not too difficult to read, and it is quite short. You immediately care about these characters and even fifteen year old boys are not immune to this little girl’s heartaches.
We had a little discussion about it, and I was surprised at Ben’s insights. Our children have more depth than we give them credit for. Getting our kids to read not just books, but books with literary value is difficult, but definitely worth it.
A recent study shows that reading literature increases a person’s empathy while reading popular fiction does not. Teenagers can be so self-centered, but knowing a little bit more about the world, understanding the difficult problems that others face, and observing the nuances of the characters’ interactions can help our kids understand their own social world just a little bit better. And hey, they need that because boys scouts are pretty clueless.