I have always loved to read. In fact, when I was in the second grade, I had to get my first pair of glasses. The eye doctor told my mom that I should get outside more often. Apparently he thought I sat inside and read all day long, hence my poor eyesight so young. My mom looked at him and said, “Oh she spends lots of time outside – reading!!”
I have a long list of favorite childhood books, and I recently discovered a box full of them in storage at my in-laws. It was like re-living my childhood as I dusted off book after book after book. Stories from Grandma’s Attic, the Little House on the Prairie series, and my all-time favorite the Ann of Green Gables series. I brought the books home and can’t wait to start reading them to Little Miss Sunshine.
So naturally, I’m thrilled that one of my kids favorite activities is going to the library for storytime and to pick out new books each week. We have a gorgeous new library just a few miles from our house filled with a million dollars worth of brand new books. Row after row after row of never-opened books. It’s like a dream come true.
A trip to the library early this month sent me home with a 700 page (or more) volume of all of Jane Austen’s books. I thought I might read a couple of the novels, but after it took me over 2 weeks to read Sense and Sensibility (loved it!) I thought my brain needed a break. I’m an impatient reader and I just couldn’t read it fast enough!
This massive volume of Austen was sitting on the coffee table the other day when iIttle Miss picked it up and decided to “read” it with T-Rex. They took turns flipping the pages making up stories.
LMS: “Once upon a time far, far away, there was a little girl. Ok, your turn, T-Rex.”
T: “Once upon a time, der was a leetle boy. He went to da store to get medicine for da baby.”
LMS: “My turn again!”
They continued this little scenario for a few minutes while my mother-in-law, Housemate and I watched. Then Little Miss said, “Do you like this story, do you want to read more?” After T-Rex excitedly answered “YES!” They snuggled deeper into the couch and T-Rex clutched Little Miss’s arm and leaned in closer than I thought was possible. She took a deep breath and said,
T: “OOOOOOOHHHH!!” in the most awe-filled voice you can imagine.
By this time we couldn’t hold it any longer, and my mother-in-law, Housemate and I giggled and laughed until we had tears rolling down our cheeks. She literally was naming letters and he was hanging on her every word, er um letter, as if it was the most brilliant awe-inspiring thing he had ever heard. Now, that’s powerful!
I hope their love of language and reading will last their whole life!