Wednesday, November 12, 2008

when mother reads aloud

One of my favorite practices in homeschooling is reading aloud to my girls. I don't think they (or I) will ever outgrow it. It is such a tender and bonding time. Some days I scrap it for our busy schedule. The days I don't, however, are always just a little bit sweeter. We love the time spent together, escaping into a book. It's even better than reading alone....we get to go on the adventures together. Well, today, Kourtney was reading to me out of a book of poetry. (Gosh, I love poetry! I'm trying to get my girls to like it, too.) Here's a fantastic poem she read. I had to share it here!

When Mother Reads Aloud

When Mother reads aloud, the past
Seems real as every day;
I hear the tramp of armies vast,
I see the spears and lances cast,
I join the thrilling fray;
Brave knights and ladies fair and proud
I meet when Mother reads aloud.
When Mother reads aloud, far lands
Seem very near and true;
I cross the deserts’ gleaming sands,
Or hunt the jungle’s prowling bands,
Or sail the ocean blue.
Far heights, whose peaks the cold mists shroud,
I scale, when Mother reads aloud.

When Mother reads aloud, I long
For noble deeds to do...
To help the right, redress the wrong;
It seems so easy to be strong,
So simple to be true.
Oh, thick and fast the visions crowd
My eyes, when Mother reads aloud.

- Author Unknown

1 comment:

gery-riggin said...

ahh kelly!! this poem and thought makes me both happy and nostalgically sad. I loved reading to my kids -- i loved bringing them to the library! but i wonder if my kids would say they think like this poem or if all they remember is me falling asleep in the middle of sentences at nap time!!
i can't wait to be a grandmommy!!!