Having children that love to read is a joy for many a homeschool parent (although the phenomenon is certainly not limited to homeschooled children).
On a recent trip to California's Central Coast we had a serendipitous, if not ultimately heartbreaking, homeschool moment with our youngest child. One of our favorite places to hang out, while touring the area, used to be Leon's Used Bookstore, in San Luis Obispo. Imagine the look on our child's face, however, as we walked up to the storefront, only to find the premises empty of its rows of bookshelves, with construction work being done inside. Alas, we soon found out that Leon's Used Bookstore is no more, the victim of the costs of doing earthquake retrofitting for older, unreinforced masonry buildings.
Our youngest was on the verge of tears.
Imagine... a 21st century child, upset because her favorite used bookstore had to shut down? While it was a painful lesson in reality for her, my wife and I simply smiled at each other, content in the knowledge that our child has a sincere love of reading.