When I was stationed over in Japan, I worked 12 hour days. When I got home, I wanted to rest. I had no desire to read to my sons, 6 and 2. Yet my wife insisted on it. She gave me a Sesame Street book and said, “Read it.”
So I did. It was a little book. I guess it was about 40 pages. Pictures filled about half of each page. Yet I had a very difficult time finishing it. You see, the boys started laughing, which of course, caused me to laugh. So needless to say, the progress was slow.
The book was about a witch that didn’t want the Cookie Monster getting her cookies off of her tree, the one that grew cookies. So she cast a spell on the tree keeping anyone from getting the cookies. To her dismay, she found out the spell worked so good she was unable to get any of the cookies either, no matter how hard she tugged at them.
Actually, that’s about all I remember of the book. I’m not even sure of the ending. This much I am sure of. I should have read to the boys far more often. It is one of my great regrets. Maybe you can learn from it. Maybe you can get your kids to put down their electronic games for a few minutes each day so that you can read to them. They just might enjoy it more than the game and you might enjoy it more than they do. Even as they get older, there are some good books to read to read to them. (Lassie, Come Home was one of my favorites. Johnnie Tremain was good too, and patriotic.)
Even more, it just might add to those nice memories you want to hold onto. Maybe it will help you let go of the bad ones.
As a side note, you might take a lesson from the story about the witch. You might not want to cast a spell on your cookie tree.