Substitute Teacher

I took two days off – yesterday and today. No, we did not travel to some exotic place, nor did we do something “fun”. We just have some odds and ends to do – like tidy up and clean up our disarrayed house, after our bathroom renovation was finally over.

I also became my kids’ teacher of the day, as we are homeschooling our children. I taught math, world history and science. But of course, I did have some time also just to sit around with my feet up and unwind.

At one instance, my 8-year-old son was busy studying and furiously working on his 3rd grade math workbook in our dinner table while he was still in pajamas (that’s one advantage of homeschooling is that they don’t even have to dress up for school), while I was sitting relax on the same table, reading my favorite book – Calvin and Hobbes.

There’s something wrong with this picture……. and it’s not my son’s pajamas.

Love of Reading

Despite of the popular belief that doctors like me are nerds and like reading books for their past time, I for one am not. Outside from my school textbooks and professional journals (which does not mean I enjoy reading them), there were only a handful of books that I have read. I rather watch TV or a movie, or better yet, just stare blankly outside the window and daydream. (I can invent a book report though.)

I don’t even read instruction manuals, much to the chagrin of my wife, as I try to build newly bought things that need self-assembly without reading the manual first. That goes without saying that sometimes I assembled them improperly.Then I am forced to read the manual.

There are a few books, however, that interest me. Last year, my friend, Jenny, who is the most widely read person I know and whose book collection might rival the Library of Congress (OK, I exaggerated a little bit, but just a little bit), gave me some books (Bob Ong books) that I enjoyed very much. In fact, I read them in one sitting. Well, because the books were not thick at all.

Library of Congress

But last Christmas, I received as a gift from my wife, a set of books that I really, really like. I was introduced to this books when I was in Medical School. I had a couple of this series before, but now my wife gave me the whole collection of the works of this renowned author. I have difficulty putting the books down once I started reading them. These books will be a treasure to our home library, at least from my perspective.

I really like my new gift of books. Got to go now, I have to go back to my reading………….”The Complete Collection of Calvin and Hobbes.”

Calvin and Hobbes