As most of you know, Chase will be in the 5th grade this year. Since it's an election year, I had a flash of brilliance and decided that Chase should read a biography about John McCain and one about Barack Obama. This summer. During non-school time. Instead of playing, reading Calvin & Hobbes comics, swimming, hanging out with friends, and other fun summer activities. Ok, not instead, but in addition to. I even compromised and got the very easiest biographies I could find in the kids' section of the library (although he's reading on a high school level...)!
How's it going? sigh.
He has reluctantly read two chapters of the John McCain book in two weeks. I guess his mama needs to make a regular reading time for such things if she wants it to happen, huh? I really thought he might be interested in reading them - he's pretty interested in the political process, and we spend a fair amount of time talking about the candidates and the process in general, but I had forgotten that he is completely uninterested in ANY book that I may have at some point looked at, considered, thought of or (heaven forbid) paged through. Silly me. I mean, you'd think being shot down over enemy lines, held as a POW for 5 years and tortured would be exciting reading for any 10-yr-old boy!!!
So, I've renewed my resolve to have him read them. Every day, a chapter (like 8 pages...I'm so mean), and I'll probably only have to renew the books once. I really think it's a good idea for him to know a little bit about the man who will lead our country, potentially until he is able to VOTE! (Yes, that scares me...) And, while divine hubby and I hope he will follow in our rather conservative footsteps, I want him to make his own decisions on such things. I figure, in order for him to really make a good decision, he needs to have looked on both sides of the aisle and know how both candidates grew up, etc. This political season proves to be one of the most exciting and interesting seasons I can remember, and I, for one, am enjoying it.