Tuesday, March 23, 2010

If Cal Ripken Were Big on Reading: The Streak

Here’s a charming New York Times article about a father and daughter who read to each other every day for more than nine years in a row! They started the tradition of "The Streak" when she was in fourth grade, and it continued until she left for college:

“Like all earth-shattering acts, there was more to The Streak than met the eye, although for years it was unspoken. About the time The Streak started, Kristen’s family shrunk from six to two in a year’s time. Her two surviving grandparents died. Her sister, who is seven years older, went off to Yale. And her mother left her father. “It was just the two of us,” Kristen said. “The Streak was stability when everything else was unstable. It was something I knew would always be there. People kept leaving me, but with The Streak, I knew that nothing would come before The Streak. …”


DC-area author Leslie Pietrzyk explores the creative process and all things literary.