“I think it’s the books that you read when you’re young that live with you forever.” J.K. Rowling
Last night I put my Mom “hat” away and let Chloe read at the table during dinner. I love how she loves to read so much that she can’t put her book down. I am probably too lenient when it comes to this kind of thing but she got a new book from the library at school and she wanted to finish it…before bedtime. I know the feeling well and instead of telling her to put it down, I took pictures and let her read to her heart’s content.
“Eating and reading are two pleasures that combine admirably.” C.S. Lewis
Later that evening we curled up on separate chairs in the living room and read together. She did finish her book before bedtime…she is so my girl. But it was hard for me to finish my book because I could see her face in the background and I couldn’t help but stop and just watch her read. Have you ever watched someone read who devours the words off the page as if they are feeding a hunger that is never truly satisfied? It is beautiful to watch. My little literature lover reads with her whole being. When she reads, it shows up all over her face. She mouths the words and expresses each emotion the characters are going through. I can immediately tell if she is reading a sad part or if is an exciting plot twist because her face reveals the story. She wears her books like clothing…they are on her at all times. There is always at least one partially read book in her backpack when she steps on the bus in the morning and a finished one in hand when she gets home. When she re-tells her favorite books you can tell that they are beloved treasures and the characters are her closest friends. I love having a child who loves to read as much as I do and who appreciates words and the beauty of language. If passing down my love for literature and the joy in seeking knowledge was the only thing I did right as a parent, it would be enough for me.
“The dearest ones of time, the strongest friends of the soul–BOOKS.” Emily Dickinson
“Reading stays with you until the very end – after Narnia is gone, Lord Voldemort is dead and Alice is awake.” Anonymous