Sunday, March 3, 2013
Leading Literate Lives
As I drove to work each morning this week with my children in the backseat, I was reminded again and again how lucky I am. My children really do love to read. Each morning, instead of playing with a toy or video game, my nine year old son and seven year old daughter chose to bring and read books on the way to and from school. It is such a wonderfully warm feeling to look in the rear view mirror and see two heads bent over books, and occasionally sharing a funny picture or silly passage in their books with each other.
Today, as we were sitting at my in-laws house celebrating my father-in-law's birthday, I was reminded again about how great my children were. My seven year old and my four year old were endless entertained by a box of crayons and a stack of blank paper. They drew pictures, wrote names, and my personal favorite, wrote notes to each of us. They were so happy and content with those simple pleasures for well over an hour. No arguing, no fighting, no trouble sharing, nothing!
A few hours later, as my youngest was enjoying a little milk break, what does she reach for? A stack of books! Yes, even the 18 month old enjoys reading! She sat with her little stack of pink books for about 15 minutes...long after the milk was gone from the cup.
As I sit at the kitchen table typing my slice, that same little sweetie is begging me for a paper and pencil to "color." Give this girl a pencil and anything to write on and she's a happy camper.
It sure does make this Mama feel good to know that her kids are readers and writers. Oh how I love these literate lives we lead!
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