As you may recall, when I was sick, Sweetly Six and I watched a lot of Silver Lined movies, usually snuggle-buggled in bed. They were a way for us to spend time together during my treatments when my get-up-and-go got up and left.
Instead of watching movies these days, we are embarking on reading classic books aloud to each other.
The idea stemmed from my Fancy Nancy fatigue. Don’t get me wrong, the Fancy Nancy books are amazing and (for years!) have been an inspirational source of stupendous vocabulary words.
Sweetly Six has loved books from the time she was an infant and the HOTY and I would toss 10-15 books in her crib in the morning to buy us time for a shower. These days, she walks down the hall reading books (and yes, often runs into walls in the process). So, I thought that it was time to step it up a bit.
The first book that we are reading is The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. I read it when I was a little girl and forgot just how good it is. Oh my goodness. The writing is divine. Truly.
The Secret Garden was written in 1911 but it is as compelling as ever because of its gripping story, colorful characters and positive message. Most days, we read a chapter in the morning and a chapter before bed.
If you haven’t read a classic in a while, I highly recommend it. And an extra Silver Lining awaits when you read one with a child.