My son who is 10, is an avid reader, like the rest of his family. The minute he gets into the car after school, he opens his book and starts to read. To me it can be a bit annoying at times because what am I – a taxi driver? I wouldn’t mind a bit of conversation. I was worried it was a bit anti-social because how can he communicate with the other boys when he is concentrating on reading?
Anyway, today he was feeling sick and I fetched him early from school. I still had to do the afternoon lift for the other boys though.
As one of the boys got into the back of the car, he said “I think I’m going to try what Lee does”. I thought he was going to say “phone my mom and go home early”. Instead he said “I’m going to try read”. Lo and behold the boy in the front seat decided he was going to try too. They were worried they would be nauseous from the motion. They were fine.
I couldn’t believe my eyes. Total silence and two 10 year olds reading in my car. Apparently, “everybody” in their class is reading the Alex Rider series (by Anthony Horowitz). I think I should read it too to see what’s so exciting about it.
This is called “good peer pressure”. Actually I don’t know what it’s called but I think it’s great that these boys are loving reading.