My son proposed the idea on a group text. "Remember when we saw 'the Reading Family?'" he wrote.
Of course we did. We were on a trip back in the 1990s, and the Reading Family was staying at the same resort. The mother, father, little boy and little girl each brought their own books to breakfast, lunch and dinner. They ate in silence, immersed in their reading. We thought it was so weird. They didn't talk to each other at all. (Of course flash forward, replace the books with cel phones, and it couldn't be a more common sight.)
Anyway, my son continued, "Remember when we mocked them mercilessly? Remember when, for the past 20 years, we all harbored a deep, secret affinity for their life choices?"
Hah! It's true our family has a major nerdy streak. And I'd like to take at least partial credit for the book love. When the children were growing up (they're now adults) my favorite time of day was when we were cuddled up in bed and I read to them. First picture books, then kids books, then chapter books. Now when we're together we do look a bit like the Reading Family - parallel reading with paper books, Kindles, phones - though never at the table! And we do talk to each other.
We still have a lot of details to work out - the book selection process, not to mention the actual meetings. My husband and I live in New York, our daughter in Seattle and our son in Washington, DC. Conference call? FaceTime? Can you even do a group FaceTime?