This week’s question for Exploring My Bookshelves, hosted by Addlepates and Book Nerds, celebrates Father’s Day! Each Friday, bloggers are invited to post a picture of their bookshelf, and write in response to a prompt about said-bookshelf.
Today’s prompt is…Favorite Bookish Father.
This prompt mostly served to remind me how many characters in fantasy or historical fiction novels are orphans, or at least have largely absentee parents while they go about their own business! But then I thought of Sam Vimes…
Sam Vimes, Commander of the Night Watch in Ankh-Morpork, is my favorite Discworld character, and also a good father–or at least, at the center of two of very delightful father/son scenes! In Thud!, Sam’s son, Young Sam, is a year old. Sam (the elder) is always, always, ALWAYS home at six o’clock sharp to read Young Sam his bedtime story…even if the Ankh-Morpork Watch has to stop traffic, commandeer vehicles and declare a state of emergency to get him there on time. Because some things are important.
Young Sam’s best beloved book is Where Is My Cow? which gave rise to an equally delightful spin-off picture book. In the real-world book, Sam begins reading Where Is My Cow? (Is that my cow? It says, “Cluck cluck!” It is a chicken. It is not my cow.) He decides this is a little silly for a city boy like Young Sam, and veers into a variation, “Where is my daddy?” featuring many of the regular characters in Ankh-Morpork. Havoc ensues in the nursery and it’s such fun.
I suppose it’s very me to choose a bookish father who reads to his son! But after all, some things are important. Who’s your favorite bookish father? And Happy Father’s Day!