A 13 year old girl was recently asked by an older friend,
"What are your hobbies?"
"I like to swim."
"But that's not often." Knowing that this child's parents were not the sort to take her to the pool nor the beach. Swimming was clearly an occasional experience that she had when visiting her grandparents, who lived quite a distance away. "What do you like to do when you're at home?"
"Please don't say television!"
"Oh no!" She lied.
"Well then, do you like to bake, read, do art?"
Responding a little too quickly, "Read...I like to read".
"Really?" a little suspiciously. "What type of books do you like to read?"
"Yes, but what type of storybooks. I loved Mary Poppins when I was your age. Do you know those books?"
A brief explanation was then given. Continuing..."You should check your school library. They might have it. Are you able to borrow books from your school library?"
"Have you ever borrowed a book from your school library?"
"But you like to read."
"So tell me...what was the last good book that you read."
"A book about the Greek Gods."
Huh? "That was a book that you had to read for Literature in school wasn't it?"
"Do you know how I know? Most 13 year old girls would hardly choose a book about Greek Gods when they want to read."
The teen smiled sheepishly.
Reading is her hobby...um ...quite interesting.