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Do you Read to your Children?

I read to my Granddaughter.

It was exciting to see my little Poppet choose this particular book for me to read to her today. A flood of memories rushed through my mind. The classroom I was sitting in the first time I heard it. A vision of my grade teacher flashed before me.

With my little darling snuggled close to me on the couch, we opened the book. I began to sing the words to her:

Puff The Magic Dragon…

Delicious pools of blue stared up at me as I continued to sing the song …

Lived By The Sea……

Feeling very pleased with myself for remembering the tune, the singing continued ….

And frolicked in the autumn mist in a land called Honalee…..

Little Miss Two seemed delighted with Noni singing her story. The song continued. Little Jackie Paper and his adventures with Puff were all new yet old to me. Not quite remembering how the story ended, the singing continued…

A dragon lives forever, but not so little girls and boys……..

And then the singing slowed down. A lump blocked the sweet tones and tears began stinging my eyes.

One grey night it happened, Jackie Paper came no more ………

Oh dear. The song was getting harder and harder to sing. Trying to hide it as best I could, forcing the words out. The story had to be finished.

His head was bent in sorrow, green scales fell like rain…..

Boy this was getting hard!

Peter, Paul and Mary had nerves of steel I tell you! How could they sing such a sad story with such joyful and beautiful tones?

Making it to the end of the book, distracting the little one so that I could secretly compose myself and wipe away the tears, we moved on to our next book.

What do you read to your children? Have you ever been in a situation where your emotions overwhelm you during a reading?

I would love to read your comments below.

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  1. I used to read to my children all the time often, on request, the same books over and over. Some of these favorites are 20+ years old now but I can’t bring myself to get rid of them, despite how dog-eared they are. They bring back good memories. I avoided the more frightening fairy tales, especially Hansel and Gretel (the story of a serial killer!). I’d forgotten the story of Bambi when I took my daughter to see the movie when she was about 7. She cried and cried when he died, setting me off too.

    My older son loved me reading to him but he wasn’t too keen on reading fiction himself. I read the Lord of the Rings books to him when he was in his early teens because he needed to for school and couldn’t get into them. Neither could I, so reading them was a labor of love :-)

    1. Hi Sue!

      Wow! What a great mum to read Lord of the Rings! I was given that book to read when I was only 7 and found it a bit much however I loved the Hobbit and read that quite quickly.
      Reading to children seems to be a chore for most parents and they rely on technology to entertain their kids. Lets keep the old fashioned books alive I say :)

  2. Hi Sonia. My mom read to me, and I grew up knowing it’s important. I enrolled my daughter in a book club before she was even born! We spent many happy hours reading books together, and now she reads with her four children.

    Love ‘Puff the Magic Dragon’ – know all the words by heart. Thanks for this post. Childhood goes by so fast, we need to treasure every minute.

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