For my newspaper (and reading) friends: A mother brought her boisterous brood (ages 10, 8, 7 and 5) into Starbucks, where the five of them sat around a table, each reading a section of an actual newspaper without aid of electronic devices.
I’m not sure how much the 5-year-old understood about the story he kept his eyes glued to for a long time: “Trump Remarks Divide GOP Field.” Perhaps it was the Donald’s hair that kept him transfixed.
But something remarkable happened: The rest of the kids kept thrusting their articles in front of their mom to discuss the events of the day, and a lengthy group debate evolved about the World Cup.
The mother told them that when the U.S. won the initial Women’s World Cup in 1991, only three fans greeted them at the airport. Her 8-year-old’s eyes became as wide as saucers at this news and she exclaimed “How sad!”
[pullquote]The kids kept thrusting their articles in front of their mom to discuss the events of the day[/pullquote]
The 8-year-old quizzed her mom for several minutes about how such an event could have happened, and all the rest of the kids followed along and chimed in with questions.
For all the talk about how people don’t like to read, it was a heartwarming site to see a family together discussing the news of the day, rather than having five disconnected souls staring vacantly into their individual phones.