Fiction & Whining

I finished reading The Da Vinci code. I was annoyed through the whole book. I had forgotten why I do not read fiction anymore. This book reminded me. From now until I forget again, I am only reading non-fiction. I am still on Power Broker. Great book. Actually, I find that most non-fiction books make me feel very strongly about the issues involved during the time I am reading them. I like that, but I think it annoys others.

This morning Jared just would not stop whining. He is really concerning me. How can I get him to pep up? His whole attitude is negative. “Whatever other people want, I want the opposite.” I tried yelling at him, but I don’t think that is going to work. I can’t bribe him because that would further encourage the behavior. I tried reasoning with him, but he isn’t ready for that yet. Maybe I should just be patient and ignore the issue until next year. Or would that only cement this negativity into his personality? Being positive and energetic is an important value I want to pass on to my kids. Oh, the joys of parenting.

PS. Was I whining about Fiction? Am I a hypocrite? Uh oh!

4 replies on “Fiction & Whining”

Da Vinci code is good, but I wouldn’t go off your non-fiction kick for it. Maybe it was fate since I’m reading a big ass biography instead of my usually crap. That’s making me think what fiction books I would have recommended. I guess it depends. If you want humor and a great character, I would go with Confederacy of the Dunces. For originality in literature, I would go with Don Quixote. Of course you could always go with “i dreamt I killed an axe wielding rabbit”.

Tell Jared I will visit him soon. I will definitely be out there in the Fall. My old roommate Iain it getting married out there and in proper Scottish fashion I get to wear a kilt. Do kilts have family crests on them, because I’ve been meaning to work on a Lipka crest. It would have to be something that will look nice with a five foot sword.

Based on my own experience, I’d say that nurture has a hard time overcoming nature. Nurture is very good at helping one cope with one’s nature, though.

In other words, you can’t make someone who’s inclined to be negative into a positive person, but you can give him/her tools to help keep that orientation in perspective.

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Whatya think?