Starting them Early


(Thomas wearing wear my boots.)

When I returned home Sunday evening from a weekend book event, My Beloved told me of a conversation she had with our five-year-old grandson Thomas during a visit that morning:

Thomas: “Where are all the (children’s picture) books?”

My Beloved: “We had to put them in boxes and put them away because the builders need room to build.”

T: “But children need to read. I’m a child. I need to read.”

I love how that boy thinks.




About russtowne

I'm awed by the beauty of nature and the power of love and gratitude. Some of my favorite sensory experiences include waves crashing on rocky shores, waterways in ancient redwood and fern-filled forests, and rain. My wife and I have been married since 1979. We have 3 adult children and 5 grandchildren. I manage a wealth management firm that I founded in 2003. My Beloved is a Special Education teacher for Kindergartners and First Graders. I'm a published author of approximately 60 books in a variety of genres for grownups and children.
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10 Responses to Starting them Early

  1. utesmile says:

    Thomas that is the right attitude! Please do give him a book! 🙂

  2. Russ that boy has it right already!!!!

  3. JanBeek says:

    Ah yes, he is truly blessed. He has parents & grandparents who read to him. And he will do so for his children someday. What a blessing! Merry Christmas, Thomas! (I bet Grandma found something for you to read!)

    • Russ Towne says:

      Thank you, Jan. I like to believe the reading chain will keep growing stronger with each generation. Knowing my Beloved she probably did find something interesting for him to read.

  4. ksbeth says:

    he is so wise and sometimes he needs to explain things to the adults who don’t get it ))

  5. Books are amazing, I love to read

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