I love to read. I spend part of everyday reading. I can’t remember the last time I missed a day reading. When I was young, I loved to read about my sports hero. Living in San Diego, we had no major league teams, so I dreamed about the people that I watched on TV. I still love to read about sports and the different players, but I spend the majority of my time reading about things that I don’t know. There are some columnist that I really enjoy reading their opinions and I ‘follow’ them regularly. Some are very conservative and some are very liberal. I try to train my mind to embrace various points of view. No one is ever completely right or wrong.
As we prepare for the summer, I encourage parents to begin looking around for opportunities to share with your children through reading. Make them aware of the people that have made a difference in our society. Recently on TV, I saw a man-on-the-street interview. A young adult didn’t know who U.S. President Ronald Regan or Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. were. It bothers me because even if you didn’t agree with either of them, both helped shape the fabric of our country. During spring break, I went to Florida. One evening, three generations of my immediate family talked about our family heritage. My children talked about my parents and they shared with my two grandsons their heritage. I shared about information my grandparents and how they shaped my life. I encouraged them to read stories about their grandparents’ time in history.
This summer, we will probably take them to San Diego to see where their parents grew up. All the time, we will be finding books that my children read growing up. It will be a summer filled with books of past days. Part of the trip to San Diego, will include a visit to the library where I got my first library card.
I want my grandchildren to appreciate the contribution of others. I believe if they do, they will not take the sacrifice of our military for granted. I believe they will see the need to stay involved and vote. The key is to read. I don’t care if it is a book, newspaper, magazine, or whatever. I want them to stay prepared. I want them to be able to look for the answers and make informed decisions.
Let’s all commit this summer to encourage our children to read every day for at least 20 minutes. Let’s share in that quiet time and join them by reading as well. The research is clear. Next year, their test scores will be higher if they take the time to read during the summer.
Dr. Frank Till
Published by Laurie Pender on May 12, 2016