My dad paid no attention to what I read. He said things like, “I sure am glad you like to read.” Pause. “Do you have to keep every book though?”
Mom had no rules. I could read what I pleased. Grandmother often repeated how when my mother was a teenager, she was always taking other people’s books. “I could never leave a book on its own,” my grandmother said. “I wouldn’t find it for days because your mother would be reading it in her room.”
My mom used to say, “You’ll never write a good book if you think your mother will read it. I promise not to read anything you write if that will help. Or I’ll read everything if you ask me to.”
Did you ever get in trouble for what you were reading? for what you were writing? What kind of rules should parents have about books for the kids?