One of the things I love about this whole series - this book included - is how *real* the characters feel to me. I laugh or cry on almost every page; sometimes both. There are times when I'm going through life and I'll recognize that a choice I'm about to make has a similar quality to a choice that Tenzing made, and I gain insight into what kinds of results I might get by going down one path or another. Better yet, these seem to be accurate.
Like Tenzing Norbu, I long mistook my father's fear for anger. Sometimes I still do. In co-parenting an adolescent boy, I've found myself looking for ways to connect from the other side of this equation.
Reading this book as a man, I didn't just learn valuable lessons immediately applicable in my adult life (which I did), nor did I just have a fun quick summer read (it was that too). I could also feel the author's compassion for my own experiences as a boy. Like Tenzing, I long mistook my father's fear for anger (and sometimes I still do). In co-parenting an adolescent boy, I've found myself looking for ways to connect from the other side of the equation.
By the time I was done reading The Broken Rules of Ten, I knew I wanted to share it with this cherished twelve-year-old friend of mine. I asked if we could read it together, and he said yes. I've ordered a copy for him, and I plan to give it to him today. I'm excited to share the book with him, both to create space for connection and to give us fodder for honest conversations about our father-son-like relationship.