I’m not a baseball fan. But there’s something about a good baseball movie that gets me every time. Like, in Field of Dreams when the whisper comes from the cornfield, “If you build it, they will come.”
Readers, I had a Field of Dreams moment.
Let me back up.
My 11- and 13-year old read most days. Sometimes it’s for two minutes, sometimes it’s for an hour. Sometimes it’s independent. Sometimes it’s with me. My husband started reading nightly before bed a few years ago as a way to help shut down his overactive brain before attempting a good night’s rest. But…
They’ve never read independently all at the same time.
Without a suggestion. Without being asked. Without so much of a hint.
Until this past weekend.
I snuck a picture from my corner to capture this moment.
If you’ve never had a moment like this or want more moments like this, I’ll let you in on a secret.
We built a field for it and trusted the team would eventually show up to play.
Here are the blueprints for a field of your own:
- Make time for nothing. On this particular rainy day, we had nothing planned from 1:00 on.
- Set the stage. It was a really chilly day for May, so my husband lit a fire in the fireplace. Important: fires are not necessary. We have them like 4 times a year. But it was super cozy and probably helped draw everyone in.
- Cultivate calm. The dog was napping. The tv was off. Phones were silenced. And ¾ of us *might have already been in our pajamas.
- Keep books handy. I was already reading and my husband grabbed his book too. My son sauntered in and picked up his. Then my daughter joined in a few minutes later. Key: the books were already on the coffee table in the living room.
- Relax. As much as my brain wanted to scream, “Oh my! This is REALLY happening! We’re all reading independently at the same time. In the same room” I refrained. I played it cool. So should you. Your goal is to keep the mojo going.