Friday, March 25, 2016

What is Tolkien Reading Day you ask?

So it seems lately there is a day for everything. Yesterday was National Puppy Day. What is that anyway? It used to be we called these "Hallmark Holidays" but that was when we all went out and bought cards. What are they for now? 

You know I need a special day to share a picture of my May. Isn't she the sweetest?!
Well today is something called "Tolkien Reading Day" and...well, I love it! Seriously. 

I love it so much I thought I would blog about it. If anything will move a lazy blogger into blogging it will be as fantastic as "Tolkien Reading Day."

Here is why Tolkien means so much to me:

He took me to a world full of danger and terrible things, but also beautiful and wonderful things. He was the first to take me out of this world and into his own. He was the first to do that, not the last, others have come after him. 

With the world we live in today we could all use a little more LOTR. Folks have speculated that Tolkien's world was created due to the fact that the man himself fought in WWI and WWII. The horrors he would have experienced in the trenches of WWI alone could have led to insanity...or worse. Instead, they led to beauty, to hope, and to good winning over evil.  

Another reason Tolkien means so much to me, is that he was a special thing between my father and I. My dad is gone now but I treasure the time we spent reading together and talking about Tolkien's stories and Tolkien's world. I still have the old worn (and frantically taped up) mass market copies of the LOTR and the Hobbit. My kids have enjoyed them as well.

Finally (and maybe sadly), many years later, I have the same thing with my own kids. We are a weird family, but I know that. Our regular family conversations revolve around LOTR, the Princess Bride, Chicken Little and a splash of anything Mark Twain. We made a rule once that we could only communicate in quotes...what a weird thing to do...
Not sure why those are our favorites, but isn't family all about creating memories...and laughing...and being weirdos?

So the moral is: go read the classics with your kids. Laugh about the weird family traditions. Even write them down. And read a book. Let it take you away to a different place, a different world perhaps. And while you're in that world find some hope and happiness and bring it back to this one please...

“I wish it need not have happened in my time," said Frodo.
"So do I," said Gandalf, "and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”

― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

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