Thanks to my mom,
I'm a reader at heart.
She hauled us all to the library on a regular basis
to get a plethera of books.
She read a lot on her own - setting a great example.
And let's face it - she sat with each of us
sounding out words for those first few years -
teaching us HOW to read.
Thanks to her, I had become an avid reader
and as a teen,
discovered Stephen King.
Oh how I loved my Stephen King books.
Even though I knew they weren't the best reading.
I still loaded up with the newest and latest
Stephen King books, every time I went to the library.
Sure I read other stuff too -
lots of LDS books, Beverly Cleary, etc.
But Stephen King was my fave.
I think my parents worried about me reading that stuff.
It was filled with junk a teen shouldn't have in her mind.
And the terror.
Come on people,
after I read "IT" I was scared to get in the shower every morning
and would face the drain - eyes open-
the whole time.
This went on for months.
Also, many nights,
I would sleep with my lights on in my bedroom
afraid of what lurked in the dark.
My dad had asked me not to read any more Stephen King books.
I had argued that I LIKED it - and there was nothing else out there
that was as good! I claimed he didn't realize what a great writer
Stephen King was because he'd never read any.
I'm sure my parents were picking their battles by allowing me to read it.
So finally, one day,
my dad came to me.
Trying to convince me that there were other good books out there,
he made a deal with me.
If I would read a book he chose for me,
he would read a book I chose for him.
And out came
As my dad handed it to me,
But an agreement was just that.
And I started reading.
And so did he.
(I checked up on him)
I had assigned him the LONGEST book I could -
It took me about a week
and I finished the book.
I had to admit to myself - it was a good book.
I was surprised.
My dad said he still didn't like Stephen King
even after he read "IT".
But he had opened my eyes,
and soon after,
Stephen King disappeared from my radar.
Good one dad.
Thanks for caring.
PS - The movie Enders Game comes out soon.
We should go.
Just for the memories.