When Story Time Ends In Tears…
Many of us with small children, and older children as well, have a nightly story time ritual. Ours began many years ago with board books, and we have since graduated to novels. Tonight’s story time began as all others do, with much anticipation from myself and the boy as we were starting a new book about a dog.
My daughter was given Lassie Comes Home to read and report back to a relative on how she enjoyed the book. She has balked at reading it for weeks. Tonight I finally put my foot down and said we were reading it for story time. [Contains spoilers.]
This was a colossal mistake.
Not very far into reading this book, it takes a turn
for the worse from my worst nightmares [Spoiler: parents are so shy of money for groceries that they sell the family pet, said pet returns repeatedly breaking everyone's hearts]. Ten minutes into story time, we are all sobbing. The ugly cry was quite nearly in full effect. My son was begging to throw the book away.
I naively soldiered on, after all, we had been told it was a wonderful book and we would all enjoy it. Did I mention that we are all dog lovers to the point that we foster homeless dachshunds? Needless to say, we are tender hearts.
It finally came to a head, and I could no longer read without sobbing for the poor main character and his dog. I announced that we would Google the ending so that we could all be put out of our misery. My 6 year old cheered and said that we could throw the book away now.
I love reading, and I have never cheated at finding out the ending of a book until now. We’re headed to the library tomorrow. I think that we’ll start a book more to our speed – fantasy or perhaps science fiction. Any suggestions?
Have you ever had a story time meltdown that brought you to tears?