How many of you have family living in another state? Even in the technically advanced world that we live in today, it's hard to maintain that personal touch over thousands of miles with those loved ones isn't it?
Sure, my family and I are good about sending emails filled with updates and pictures, talking on the phone, and the occasional in-person visits, but when it came to keeping in touch with my eldest nephew (to be referred to as Rowan) it just didn't seem to be enough.
Rowan and I formed a close bond from the day he was born. I was still living in the same city as my older sister, Tia, when she had Rowan. Up until he was about 4 years old, we were thick as thieves, and then I moved across the country for a job.
Rowan is 13 1/2 years old now and we're still close, but I wanted a way to connect with him on a more personal level, despite the miles between us. During one of my visits back home, he and I went to browse through a bookstore (one of our favorite past times). We came across the Wrinkle In Time series of books and both talked about how much we would love to read these books. So, we both ended up purchasing a set for ourselves.
After purchasing our individual sets, we decided to read each book together, aloud over the phone. This was the beginning of our Sunday afternoon story time.
Every Sunday, I'd call Rowan's house. He'd get his book and I'd have mine handy. He'd start out reading a chapter while I listened, then I'd read a chapter while he listened. We usually read for about an hour together and discussed the plot along the way.
Eventually, Rowan's younger sister (to be referred to as Regan) and Tia started listening in too, over their kitchen speaker phone, as they prepared dinner.
Rowan and I have to pick another book to read together, so we're not reading at the moment, but I'll make sure we start again soon. It's been a wonderful way to keep in touch and share our passion for reading!
It works for me. Maybe it'll work for you!
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