An Italian-American living la dolce vita in the Deep South

An Italian-American living la dolce vita in the Deep South

Monday, July 18, 2016

Downriver (summer reading: week 9) (and a progress report)

Yesterday Timothy and I were in Target when reality came crashing down in the form of the BACK TO SCHOOL signs that were everywhere. Such a cruel reminder, especially since there are still three weeks of summer vacation left. I'm not sure -- it may have been the lighting -- but I thought I spotted a tear in Timothy's eye.

But it's still summer, vacation isn't over (we leave for the beach this Saturday), and so the summer reading continues.

I have to say, compared to past summers Timothy has been doing a great job with his summer reading. I think the biggest difference this time was that once we set the goal that he had to read a book a week, we then stepped aside and let him work out his own schedule. As a result, he's become very goal-oriented: he figures out what he needs to do to get the job done, and then he does it. He reads most days, and it's not because mom tells him to. He just knows that reading every day is the easiest way to meet his goal.

This week's book is one of the starred books on his summer reading list. Downriver by Will Hobbs is a whitewater action adventure book that has been ranked by the American Library Association as a “100 Best of the Best” for twenty-five years. To set the tone we'll visit the author's web page (here) and read an interview he did about this very book (here).

Once Timothy finishes the book I have a surprise: I am going to tell him about my own whitewater rafting adventure (before marriage, before kids) which involved a Class IV river, a raft full of Italians who didn't understand the guide's instructions, and a daring rescue.

Come to think of it, that adventure would make a good short story ...

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