Thursday, July 03, 2008

Journey is Complete

How fitting that on this "rainiest" of daze here in Tres Leches, mijo should finish his Potter excursion, all 7 of them, read over the past ten months. Begun while an eight year old third grader, finished while a summer-slacking nine year old soon to be fourth grader. It was a wild ride; I joined him for the last hundred pages this afternoon.

"Why are you crying, Dad?"


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Blogger rebecca said...

this is so highly impressive that i cannot wrap my head around it -- 7 harry potter books for an 8-9 year old in the course of ten months! wow!

and since i have not read one - i'll say again since i may be the only person in the u.s. who has not read the potter series - nary one, i am confused as to why you were crying.... was it the last 100 pages that made you weepy or was it because now that your mijo has finished reading, you have just lost your peace?

5:23 PM  
Blogger Lee said...

Wow, Paschal! That's a good reader you've begotten. Congratulations! Reading well can be so difficult for so many kids that to do so at a level which is akin to adult reading is a huge accomplishment. I'd cry too if he were my kid, partly for the finishing of an epic which in and of itself is a rite of passage, but also for the sheer magnitude of the accomplishment he has succeeded in. What's he gonna read next?


9:21 PM  
Blogger murat11 said...

Rebecca: The tears were for the book's content alone. There were actually several places where I was holding back tears; I finally decided that I was wasting way too much energy, so I just wept.

I did not read the entire series along with my son, but whenever I did dip into the series with him, I found it always compelling.

8:48 AM  
Blogger murat11 said...

Lee: As I told Rebecca, the tears were all for the saga; it was pure joy that I have felt to have a son who is so taken with reading and so committed.

Tina and I are thinking of re-reading The Lord of the Rings as a family quest (it will be Walden's first time). For the time being, he has plans to finish the Lightning Thief series (he's read the first novel); it will be a letdown (I've read the series with my middlers), but what wouldn't be? Still, it's fun enough, action on EVERY page.

8:55 AM  
Blogger San said...

Brings back memories of the Oakster making a similar Potter journey. And just last night I was straightening up a bookshelf in Flan's room/my studio. I kept finding these picture books we read years ago and yes, I felt a wave of nostalgia.

The undertoe made me trip over Trudy in the hallway. Now I have bruised knees. Brick floors are hard.

4:04 PM  
Blogger murat11 said...

Ouch, Ms San. That's one mighty ocean up there in the Holy City.

4:14 PM  

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