I’ve stopped the lament about the dearth of edifying, smut-free, uplifting and thought-provoking books being published recently. I’ve even taken a further step and am reading well-known classics (some are awful, by the way, and don’t deserve finishing) and lesser known but quite excellent books, such as Beverly of Graustark, and Elizabeth Goudge’s ever-so-marvelous Pilgrim’s Inn.
But today I have made up my mind to read books recommended by my family, books I’ve resisted for a number of years, throughout our home school journey.
Experience says this is a good idea. Case in point: The Hobbit. Since high school when my girlfriend urged me repeatedly to read it, I have said, “It’s not my thing. I know I won’t like it.”
My kids have also relentlessly pestered and badgered me to read The Hobbit, and finally, after years of resistance, I relented and read it. And loved it! And over the past three weekends, the three Hobbit movies have been our excellent viewing entertainment (greatly enhanced and understood because of first reading the book).
So where does all this go? To the classic literature they have all read, the books they pity me in my ignorance of, and stubborn resistance about – The Lord of the Rings Trilogy.
There seems to be a sort of secret affinity and understanding, a club of higher thinkers if you will, that those of us who haven’t read The LOTR books simply cannot fathom. Therefore, it would behoove me, methinks, to read these literary masterpieces and make everyone in my house believe there is hope after all, that miracles do indeed happen, and that Mom is redeemable – perhaps even interesting – now that she is learning the difference between an orc and a ring wraith, and can even speak a bit of Gollum.
Here’s the Challenge: Read things you don’t think you’ll like, just to make someone else happy. Who knows what could happen? Maybe the next time I want them to read something marvelous about which they have reservations, they’ll just read it!
What a concept – reading something new and different just because it will make someone else happy, just because it’ll give you insights into their strange conversations, just because it’s the way into “The LOTR Club” of higher thinking individuals. This sounds like a no-lose deal.
And who knows, I might even like it, orcs and all.