The Reader

I sit next to her, already immersed in The Giving Tree, by Shel Silverstein. “It’s my favorite,” she gushes.

I nod, encouraging her to keep reading. She continues on, pausing to study the pictures and then back to the words on the page.

“Come, Boy, come and climb up my trunk and swing from my branches…”

“This book is fiction, of course. Because trees can’t talk.”

I smile and nod. “Of course.”

She keeps reading, only to stop again. This time to think aloud, so I can hear the work going on in her head. “This might say, ‘three,’ then I look at the words and ‘hmmmm’ this doesn’t have an h, so this word can’t be three. It must be tree.”

I nod my head again and she continues.

“Come, Boy,” she whispered, “come and play.”

She goes back to reread, pausing to point to the word whispered as she says, “I’m whispering. Did you notice? It’s because it says whispered.”

Again I nod.

She finishes the story without much commentary. When she gets to the end, she closes the book and hugs it to her chest, a mixture of love and pride painted across her face.

“This was the best part of my day, Mommy. Reading with you.”

I nod again, pulling my girl in for a hug.

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20 thoughts on “The Reader

  1. My heart has been warmed! Oh this scene is so deliciously gentle and intimate and lovely. Reading with my sons has been and continues to be one of the best perks of parenting. Thank you for sharing this moment with us.

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  2. Oh I love this. Reading with your daughter is a real joy, and the fact that she loves the book and can open up to you about her process is precious. I really enjoy reading your posts. You do find the joy in everything you do.

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  3. What a sweet slice to start my Saturday. I can picture each second. I love your observation “she finished without much commentary”. One of the joys of a mom-teacher – raising a reader! Love the love you and Wren share! Priceless! Thanks for sharing!

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  4. ❤️ what a coincidence that it as The Giving Tree. This week I helps a teacher rearrange her classroom library and dropped The giving Tree into her folk tale basket. When she looked through she pulled it out and said folk tale? I said, allegory? It sent me back to a memory of my mom buying me that book probably when it first was published. It the only specific book giving from her I remember though there were many more. Wonder why.

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  5. Oh – you captured this precious moment perfectly. I love that her voice is prominent and not yours — a love of reading is clear! Well done on many counts.
    Clare

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  6. This is such a great moment, and you told it so softly and quietly. It brings back a lot of memories from home and school. I LOVE the whispering part, where she makes sure you noticed. Future teacher!! One of my favorite moments in teaching was one year when I decided to do a read-along at the end of the year with Tuck Everlasting. I was reading aloud, but everyone held a copy. At the end of the book, a girl named Jennifer let out this huge sigh, hugged the book, rocked it side to side and said, I love this book so much. I’m going to read it to my kids.” We can live off of those moments for a long time.

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