We also talked about using hooks to grab your readers attention and then we looked for them when reading together. This brought us to Paul Harvey, one of the greats at using hooks. Here is a link to some of his broadcast of "The Rest of the Story".
The kids had their own version of the rest of the story. Did I ever tell you the time I made a bet?
You see, when Sam was in Iraq and Josiah and Samuel, now in their early teens, were six and seven they had taken to playing on top of the storage shed.
We had good friends coming to visit and they had big plans for the "club house". The girls were also wanting some part of the storage roof fun and the boys were not very excited about sharing. Let's say...the discussion was getting a little polarized, which is were I weighed in on the matter. You see, their visiting friend wasn't quite as carefree as my boys (I don't think he had read The Adventures of Tom Sawyer yet) and climbing atop a storage shed was not on the top of his to-do list...or the bottom for that matter. So I said,
"I'll bet you ten bucks he won't get on that roof."
It was meant to be...umm...truth revealing in a witty, funny way. I think the boys looked like those cartoon characters with dollar signs in their eyes. They immediately set about building a ladder from wood they found along the road and a hammer and nails Josiah got as a prize for finishing a math workbook. I had forgotten about the bet and just thought they wanted an easier way to climb on the roof.
When our friends arrived, the moms were over joyed to see each other and sat down to our coffee, cake and conversation. She's German, you have to have coffee, cake and conversation in the afternoon when your German. The kids headed outside immediately. Not ten minutes later, Josiah and Samuel came running into the house proclaiming they had won and I owed them $10 and we all looked out the window to behold their friend nervously perched atop the storage shed! I learned my lesson to be more careful about what I say, but was still pretty proud of them and their sturdy ladder, even if it did cost me $10.
And now for the rest of the story...at dinner one evening this week Josiah and Samuel asked if I knew how they talked their friend into climbing the ladder. It had never occurred to me to ask. They said, "we told him we would have enough money for a trip to California and we could join the gold rush and get rich...we didn't realize we had missed it...by over one hundred years!" At which we all exploded with laughter!