January 23, 2013


Benjamin’s not ready, we decided. He’s only in first grade, and he’s just now come out of his period of intense fears.

“He’ll understand it better if I wait,” I told my husband. “It’s not going anywhere.” Sure, his brother was his age when he began, but the books would hold in the closet a little longer. Because I’d bought him his own set at a used bookstore eight months ago.

I puttered along, reading him Beverly Cleary books, and he puttered, too, with books about Lincoln or a few pages of whichever Ramona book we were on.

Today, he walked out of school, his nose deep in his library book, halfway through “Chapter One: The Boy Who Lived.” Perhaps he wouldn’t understand it, I worried, but he seemed to be able to explain everything he was reading.

And now I sit here in his room, during our reading time, while he lies on the floor reading chapter two, because he wants to read it all by himself.

I waited too long.

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  • Reply nicole January 24, 2013 at 12:11 am

    no. you waited just right. now he can claim them as his own.

    I love “finding” things in the stacks. It’s magical. And though I stole and read all my brother’s books that I wasn’t allowed to read , they will always be his books.

    • Reply emily January 24, 2013 at 12:33 am

      I know, Nicole, but I still feel a sense of loss.

  • Reply Poker chick January 24, 2013 at 2:51 am

    Similar with us. Mini couldn’t even watch a movie that wasn’t rated G, but she decided on her own she was ready and got through 3+ books before declaring it scary. Interestingly, she refuses to watch the first movie, insisting it will be scary in movie form. kids!

    • Reply emily January 24, 2013 at 2:53 am

      But the movies scare my eldest while he can get through the books. Some kids are more scared by the visual, I think.

  • Reply Helen January 25, 2013 at 2:53 am

    Let the metamorphosis begin….
    I am still waiting for my daughter’s, though!

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