At the library sale today:
Elderly Volunteer: (To Danny) There are children's books over here, wouldn't you like something to read?
Danny: No thank you.
Elderly Volunteer: (To me) You really should read to your children, so they are ready to learn when they get to school. It's very important for children to be read to.
She was so earnest I didn't have the heart to say anything mean, much less muster any good sarcastic zingers. I mean really, I was at a library sale. I had a full-sized atlas in each arm. What's so strange is that momentarily (it passed quickly) I felt the desire to defend Danny's lack of interest. I wanted to tell he I live in a house with many thousands of books. Like that somehow makes me a better person. I ought to be ashamed of my reaction, not her comments.