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March 24, 2010

Why we read Tabatha Southey aloud

Why we read Tabatha Southey aloud at our house every Saturday morning: “And as if generations previous to us did not hang around waiting for the mail to come. One never hears a mother in a Victorian novel complain that their child is “addicted to the second post,” but a child on the Internet is always portrayed as a problem. I hear parents express remorse that their children are making friends on Facebook, which is the modern version of the old-fashion letter of introduction and “at home day” combined. Do they think their own teen years were any better spent, writing fan letters to the Bay City Rollers?”

5 thoughts on “Why we read Tabatha Southey aloud”

  1. Carrie says:

    I just have to say: I love Tabatha Southey too!!! She rocks.

  2. Amy Jones says:

    This is amazing. One of my biggest pet peeves is people who blame technology for “the kids today.” Before video games, kids were shooting each other playing cowboys and indians; before texting, kids were playing seven minutes in heaven in the basement. I think it’s in the nature of children to be curious about violence and sexuality. Also, I’m pretty sure if I had had Facebook as a kid, I would have been way more social than I actually was.

  3. Kerry says:

    I am kind of afraid of teenagers, but Southey is talking me ’round.

    She is the best part of the Globe & Mail, full stop.

  4. JK says:

    Yes! This was my favourite Southey column in some time, but they’re often the highlight of my Saturday morning paper reading.

  5. Paul says:

    And now she has been jettisoned as part of the Globe’s redsign. I don’t care how cool the new look is, it doesn’t make up for the pleasure of reading Tabatha Southey’s columns aloud every Saturday morning. My wife and I have written the Globe to complain and we encourage all the other Southey fans -and we know there are plenty – to do likewise.

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