Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Exercise the mind, too

Long before I ever thought about competing in triathlons, I read books. Lots of them. As a little girl, I devoured all books that focused on horses (yes, I was one of those girls). It actually got to the point where my 5th grade teacher told me I could not read any more books about horses. (Personally, as a literacy professor, I question the wisdom of ever telling a child not to read a book - unless it's completely inappropriate, of course). Luckily, my 5th grade teacher's ban on my favorite book topic didn't squelch my desire to read. Not surprisingly, I majored in English as an undergraduate - and even entertained the idea of going to grad school to get my doctorate in English. I think I made the better choice to focus on helping spread the literacy word via my undergraduate and graduate students.
At Christmas, I watched as one of my youngest nephews, Thomas, proudly showed off his favorite gift - stuffed animal versions of Frog and Toad. If you don't know Frog & Toad and you are a parent of a child under the age of 10, get to a book store ASAP! The simple joy Thomas showed in his smile as we discussed our favorite Frog and Toad stories (we both love "The Button") was one of my favorite Christmas presents. It reminded me that it is just as important to exercise your mind as it is to exercise your body.
And so - my other resolution is to take time each day to read. Student papers, websites, Facebook and blogs don't count in my resolution (although they can be wonderful reading). I'm going to try to read good literature - even if it's just for 5 minutes - every day.


TriGirl Kate O said...

Hear hear!
Toot and Puddle were also two of our favorites.
Happy new year.

Diane said...

We love Frog & Toad! What a sweet post.

TriGirl 40 said...

How cute!!!! Hope you post some book reviews! (and Thomas', too)

Cyndi said...

That's adorable!! I want a Frog & Toad of my own!!

You know, now that I think about it, I suspect you may only be dating Rick because you are attracted to his last name.

Alison said...

After Christmas we made Frog and Toad some pajamas because Thomas didn't think they should sleep naked. Every day they get up and get dressed, every night, the jammies go back on and they get tucked into their little beds. By the way, we bought a collection of "Little Bear" books per your recommendation, and they are fast becoming favorites. Even Frog and Toad think they are pretty darn good. Great to see you in NH!