Have you ever been so bored, sad, or ill you didn’t feel like reading? Now I know some people never feel like reading. But if you’re reading this, you probably are not one of those specimens of humanity. But everyone has an occasional terrible day or month, and on those days I have a suggestion for you: listen to someone reading aloud.
Reading Aloud: Distracts the Nauseated Pregnant Woman
When I was pregnant with our daughter, I found myself lying nauseated and exhausted on the couch. I certainly didn’t feel like writing. Reading often repulsed me too. After all, that required holding a book.
One thing helped me pass the long hours: listening to someone else reading. I listened to the entire Anne of Green Gables series, and my spirits lifted. Who can remain despondent while absorbing these unique and hilarious tales?
Reading Aloud: Appeals to the Sad Toddler
Now the baby is two years old. For a long time, she was passionately attached to her passy. Finally, we explained to Anina that she could have the passy at bedtime or naptime only. The passy would live upstairs in bed.
One afternoon, she wailed that she wanted to go to bed. It was pretty clear that she just wanted her passy, but I told her she could go up if she wanted. Or I could read books to her downstairs. But she wanted me to go up with her and read books up there. When I told her that I wasn’t going up right then, she wailed.
“But I can’t say them!” she said.
Interpretation: You need to read them to me, and it needs to be upstairs so I can have my passy.
In this case, I knew I couldn’t bend to her manipulation. But her wail cut me to the heart all the same.
It’s hard for me to deny someone a read-aloud story. But I daresay she’ll get her fill in our potty-training blitz, about to begin.
Reading Aloud: Attracts the Disinterested Boy Under the Blanket
In my years as a teacher at small private schools, I saw story time as a safe experience everyone could enjoy. Including myself. Even if I read A Single Shard five times before, I still grew tense when Tree-ear finds himself on the top of a cliff with a bandit. Or when Lanus is captured by the evil ones in The Shining Sword. Or when Ranofer finds himself trapped in the Egyptian tombs of The Golden Goblet.
When we hosted two tween boys in our home, story time once again became the calm in the storm. One night, one of the boys put a blanket over his head to show his refusal to listen to the story since it wasn’t the book he had wanted us to read. But later, he admitted that he had been listening under the blanket.
Not everyone loves reading a good story. We can’t relate, but that’s okay. Text on a page overwhelms some people.
But almost everyone loves hearing a good story. It might even be the tonic your household or road trip needs this summer.
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