Gratitudes~October 3. 2011
30 Days of Random Thoughts {5}

31 Days {Traditions} The Spoken Word

October 3, 2011

If I had been able to make a career out of Reading Aloud…

I would have been massively successful.


I’ve read aloud a lot.

For years.

From the time they were babies my kidlets have listened to me read aloud.

No….before infancy; when they were still safely tucked in utero.  Kicking and rolling.  Already stretching their muscles and their minds.

Little Bit was nearly born during page 234 of The Phoenix and the Carpet.

Sitting in my dilapidated chair, my older boys scattered about, listening:

“So, that now, after nearly a month of magical happenings, the time was at hand when life would have to go on in the dull, ordinary way, and Jane, Robert, Anthea, and Cyril would be just in the same position as the other children who live in Camden Town; the children whom these four had so often pitied, and perhaps a little despised."

               "We shall be just like them," Cyril said."

 When I felt that familiar inner pop;  the warm rush of amniotic fluid.

"My water broke" I announced, setting aside the Psammead for the time being.

And one crowded hour later my youngest child was born.

  LB baby


How many books have I read aloud over these many years?


With a cuppa tea or cocoa,

or a glass of iced tea.

{Even a bottle of water during those “I’m getting fit” moments which strike me during an occasional  “I’m fat”  frenzy.}

David Copperfield

Everything by E. Nesbit (especially Harding’s Luck)

Mark Twain:  especially Huckleberry Finn, Puddn'head Wilson, Tom Sawyer, and Roughing It

Of course all the Harry Potters

The Little House Books

The Hobbit and Lord of The Rings

Little Men

The Golden Compass


Find them here, read them, and pass them on.

“I cannot remember a time when I was not in love with them – with the books themselves, cover and binding and the paper they were printed on, with their weight and their possession in my arms, captured and carried off to myself.”  ~Eudora Welty


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