Sophie and I were both suffering from a bit of chill in the early afternoon. I was craving a day at the beach- sitting on warm sand listening to the ocean. We decided to find the sunniest window in the house. We grabbed her reading workbook and began. It had been a week since we had picked this one up. She was a bit rusty. She was cold so she climbed on my lap and we made sure that we were in the most optimal spot for sun. As she worked and read I saw a woman pass by outside our window on a walk. She looked to be in her later 60s. She had a big smile on her face as she advanced passed our house. Initially I was a bit envious. A brisk quiet walk on a sunny afternoon sounds like a treat to me. Then as I listened to my little girl working...P A R K, D E E R, H U N T I N G, G I R L...I realized I was enjoying the highlight of my day at that very moment. I also understood immediately that this time goes sooooooo fast and teaching my little girl how to read is really the biggest treat of all.
"There are many little ways to enlarge your child's world. Love of books is the best of all."
Sophie is the biggest book lover in our house. Every night, after she is tucked snugly in her bed, she climbs out and gathers piles and piles of books. She turns on a little side light and quietly browses every page. She sometimes reads them to the dolls or stuffed animals that have joined her on her bed. It brings her so much joy. I hope she holds a love of reading and books forever.