All roads lead to the bookstore

January 30, 2006 at 10:18 pm (Pablum)

Books of the day

After a pizza dinner, Emily and I hit Barnes and Noble and I snapped up the above titles. Finally broke down and picked up the 4th edition of The Elements of Style. My faded ©1979 copy needed a friend.

Eadh visit, before we hit the checkout, I love to peruse the bargain section to find under $10 gems that I would never touch at regular price and tonight’s winner is Classic Cooling Cocktails. As I’m checking out giant, picture-laden volumes marked down to $8.99, Emily (will be 6 in April) tugged on my jeans and wagged a book at me. Well over half the cover dedicated to a mixed drink.

“Daddy,” she said in the manner only available to daughters, “I want this one. It has pretty pictures in it.”

I snatched it out of her little hands, thumbed through it, and agreed. “Yes, the pictures are very nice.” I cast a few careful glances around to make sure I’m the only one witnessing my kindergartener’s delight in a Bartender’s Guide. “And no, you cannot have this.”

An enormous (albeit very temporary) frown crossed her beautiful little face. Her body flickered like The Flash, and an instant later she was holding a very reasonably priced garden/flower book (beneath the 75% off sticker was a 50% off sticker) which is now sitting on the sofa (where it doesn’t belong).

I kept the cocktail book mainly because it was $4.95 and also because we entertain on occasions and never have anything more exciting than beer and wine. My next gathering is going to have drinks with names!

I also purchased a collection of Emily Dickinson’s poems for Emily (she was giddy with delight that the author had the same first name). I don’t know much about Dickinson, but I do know that her poems are brief and that is a must for a 5 year old. I read the first 15 or so to her tonight and, while she didn’t understand most of it, I told her to listen to the beauty of the way the words sounded together. I also stopped and asked her to close her eyes and tell me what she saw in her mind. More often than not, it was something close to the poem or at least a prominent word in the poem.

My purpose in this is to try and instill a love for the written and spoken word. Reading and writing are things that I’ve enjoyed my whole life and I want my daughter to experience it too.

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