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Friday, May 21, 2010


There is no frigate like a book to take us lands away,
Nor any coursers like a page of prancing poetry.
This traverse may the poorest take
Without oppress of toll;
How frugal is the chariot
That bares a human soul.
~ Emily Dickinson

When I was little and in elementary school, we had IRT, or: Independent Reading Time.
THAT was my favorite "subject"...and even when it was Math, or Spelling, or Science Time...I always seemed to have a book hidden somewhere on my lap hiding under my desk to steal a few lines here and there when the teacher wasn't looking.
I remember reading so much when I got home from school my mom had to ban me from reading- at least until I actually did my chores. I used to used to visit the library more than the playground at recess time. And of course there were the times of hiding under covers with the flashlight and my new book, or even sitting in the closet til all hours of the night, having dragged my lamp into the cramped space with me.

As time carried on, marriage happened, kids came, along with every day routine, and I find my reading time has diminshed somewhat.
But today! Today it is raining and windy and gray. And I have a couple of books waiting here on the coffee table begging to be picked up and devoured. Today would be a good day to read....my chores may have to wait for a bit:)

I have been told that what you do in moderation- your kids will do in extreme. These are actual pictures of my kids as I have found them throughout the past few months. They have a reading bug that I find a BIT annoying at times- especially when there are chores to do! But I can say I understand.....:)

Here we are walking to our vehicle through  the parking lot after a swim one day....I turned to find Ben like this:

Corben....who could not stand to read just a few months ago:
Trying to get them to come in and eat:

Happy Day to you, friends!
(and maybe some happy reading in there too)


our little love nest said...

So cute and so familiar!
happy weekend, cousin

natsu said...

Hi! I like to see kids are so into books.Your sons are cute!!
I used to hate reading when i was in high school because my teachers forced me to read for some essays.Now not easy to find the time for reading...But one of my friends told me to list the things i don't have to do in a day such as surfing on the internet,go grocery just for looking,talking on the phone with friends,cleaning rooms (maybe no need to be too sensitive for dirt) etc... then i found the quiet and relaxing time for reading.
I hope you enjoyed your reading!!! have nice weekend!