I've always been a voracious reader -- except for those sleep-deprived baby years when the book would drop from my hand the minute I opened it. (My reading consisted mostly of board books and picture books during that period.)
Somehow, in the way all parents do, I expected my children to imitate my habits, plopping down with a book whenever there's a free minute.
My kids are growing up without their grandfathers.
My dad and my husband’s father both died before our children were born, and I’ve thought many times about what a loss that is.
This column ran in the June 5 News-Gazette "Family" section. We've added a few more suggestions at the bottom from friends and readers - feel free to add to the list!
That’s the constant sound in my head every time I think about summers with my kids.