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May 10, 2011

Lighting a Candle of Technology

“Corbin and Eric want you to read to them, Mimi.” It’s not unusual for our son, Philip, to let us know that his sons want their grandmother to read to them. So this last Sunday Phyllis pulled out The Magic Bicycle by John Bibee. And as they sat quietly and attentive, she read to them—via Skype.

Since our grandsons are in Tucson and we are in Magic Bike.jpgChicago,we don’t get to see them as often as we’d like. But with Skype, we can have weekly face-to-face visits over the internet. And reading the enchanting Spirit Flyer series has been a hit, especially if we substitute Eric and Corbin’s names for those of the main characters.

Technology has been a deterrent to reading of books by all accounts and surveys. Video games, social media, texting, DVDs and more have sucked away hours each day from young and old alike. In the spirit of (to use a pre-modern skype logo.jpgimage) lighting a candle rather than cursing the darkness, we’ve started using technology to help instill a love of books and reading with the new generation.

We give books as gifts as well. And their parents are glad to add those to the collection that populates the bookshelves in their room. Reading opens not only windows to knowledge but to the imagination. Pirates and princesses, elephants and elves—all await between the covers. And so does building a bond—between parent and child, grandparent and grandchild.

Posted by Andy Le Peau at May 10, 2011 7:33 AM Bookmark and Share


FYI, the Wall Street Journal just had a nice piece on grandparents keeping in touch with grandkids via tech and social media. Skyping to read books together is a great example of this.


Comment by: Al Hsu at May 10, 2011 8:14 AM

Those kids have an amazing grandmother!!!!

Comment by: Phyllis at May 12, 2011 2:09 PM

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