My almost 19-year-old daughter Clara is taking a college English Class this summer. They’re reading and writing about poetry and literature. The exact name of the class isn’t important.
Clara: I can’t believe some of the other students.
Me: What happened.
Clara: Some girl bragged about being an English Major, then she said she hated to read. She actually said she hated to read. She just wants to write. She just gushes about how she loves to write. But she hates to read.
Me: But how can she be a good writer if she doesn’t read?
Clara: She LOVES to write. I bet she writes awful fan fiction. She’s that type.
Clara: shrugs shoulders
Clara: I feel sorry for the teacher.
Me: Wow. You have to wonder.
Clara: I know.
The moral of this true story is that if you love to read you don’t have to write. HOWEVER, if you love to write you have to read. That is one of the fundamental laws of the universe. Live it. Teach it. Preach it.
And keep listening to those kids of yours. They’ll tell you all kinds of unbelievable things. Also, hug a teacher.
~ Juliette aka Vampire Maman