We can never really be sure which of us has written which page....(And that is perhaps fortunate.)
I very much hope that you intend to collect and publish these in book form. This really brightens the morning and sets up our drive to Manhattan. (Caroline insists on driving, which means I can concentrate on other things.) My key Stevenson moment is really my daughter's. Jane has never been an avid reader, though she's evolving on that score. She's more a designer and builder of things. A couple of years ago when she was engaged in school summer reading, we had her try Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. It was the success we hoped it would be and produced Jane's first "audible gasp" moment when she came to a section of the story that deserved that reaction. It was a wonderful thing, obviously, and the first, we expect, of many "repeat because necessary" literary experiences. Curtis
Thanks Curtis, and yes, I agree Tom. I often wonder who wrote my books--there is some odd need to distance myself. And when it comes to reading and parenting, I am thinking so much of my mother these days, and I am reminded of how she always said that when the fire catches, it burns. She used to say that kids are like the ocean floor--we parents only see the islands, but there is so much more going on under the water. I love the "audible gasp" moment. I have never called it that. And I love the idea of being a builder and designer of things.
Jane's always seemed like an engineer. Well before she could speak, she had figured out how to replace batteries to make her toys work, which included dexterity with screwdrivers. I think her lack of reading passion really comes from the didactic, uninspirational books she's generally been assigned in school. Hence Dr Jekyll, which seemed to us to have all the literary elements to spark interest. Amazingly, our intuition was correct. I'd like to think that Stevenson noticed and that her pleasure made him happy.
She sounds very creative!
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