See Spot Run
Written by Wally Amos
What do you want your legacy to be? I can tell you with certainty that fame and fortune are not what I have in mind, and I’ve had both. I would like to be remembered as a good father to my children. I would like to be remembered as a baker who put happiness and love into every cookie and muffin. Most of all, however, I want to be remembered for helping to create a more literate society.
My commitment to ending illiteracy has been a lifelong journey, and a personal one, because my parents were both illiterate. I know that the only way we are ever going to get rid of the problem of adult illiteracy is to create an entire generation of kids who love to read.
And, as important as good schools and excellent teachers are to a child’s education, the love of reading does not begin with, “See Spot run.” It begins with funny stories of animals that can talk, and fairy-tale journeys that chronicle super-natural powers. It begins with happy endings. That is why I helped create the Read It LOUD! Foundation, which encourages parents to read aloud to their children for 10 minutes every day.
Read stories filled with happiness and wonderment. Expose your children to tales of adventure and emotion.
In your heart you know that no kid really cares whether Spot runs or not. But they can get very emotionally invested in cheering for the little mouse whose brave escapades result in winning the cheese.
If you want to leave behind something truly worth being remembered for, make your legacy a child who loves to read.