|Carl Van Vechten [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Hearing my son say that he enjoyed reading Their Eyes Were Watching God, I felt all warm and fuzzy inside. I appreciated how my son was able to recognize the work of a writer, who had inspired authors like Maya Angelou and Toni Morrison.
Due to traveling for my job and dealing with family emergencies, I have been unable to engage in "book talk" with my son about Their Eyes Were Watching God. I am hoping that during the holiday break, I am able to engage him in literary conversation about his analysis of the text. I want to compare my analysis of the book with his and just chat about it. Engaging in in-depth discussion about various literary texts is something that I miss since I no longer teach English.
I must say that my son was never tempted to watch the movie version of the book. I even mentioned it once to him, and he did not take the bait. I was so proud of him. He wanted to read the book, and he finished it without being entangled in the web of comparing the book to the movie. So many students fall deep into this trap. He did not. He wanted to devour the text, and knowing this fact makes me very proud.
My children know that my love for reading is very serious. Give me a book, as a gift, and I am overjoyed. Take me to a bookstore and allow me to sit undisturbed for hours, I am forever grateful. However, when my children share my love for a book(s), like my son did for Their Eyes Were Watching God, "my cup runneth over."
Have you read Their Eyes Were Watching God? Who do you share you love of reading with?
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