Oh, Pooh!

Just in case you were wondering, it is NOT a good idea to finish reading The House At Pooh Corner aloud in the morning before work. My wife and I were all teary-eyed and sniffly. I even had to stop reading a couple times.

Disclaimer: We’ve never read the Pooh stories before. I know, sacrilege, but it’s true. Someday I will write a far better appreciation for them, but for now, I can only say that reading the chapters to Lillian has been a touching, heartfelt, amusing, wonderful experience. How many stories do that?

  1. Oh how many times I break down (quietly of course) when reading to my children. Sometimes it is the preciousness of the audience; how grateful I feel to have their full attention-other times it is the story itself. We recently finished “The Mistmantle Chronicles,” a series of 5 books which was full of action, upstanding leaders, and life’s inevitable betrayals and sadnesses.

    I can’t wait to see what you write for your precious Lillian. I’ll bet you decide to make her laugh with your page-turning antics.

    Oh, and don’t even try to read her, “I love You the Purplest” without a box of tissues.

    • Thank you very much. I can only hope my words make my daughter laugh someday, but you’re quite right about the power of the audience, as well as the text. Being together in those moments is so very precious.

      Not that I’m in a rush, but I’m excited for the days when she can react more overtly and I can re-experience all these wonderful stories with her. And, yes, I look forward to sharing the tears, too.

      I also clearly have much more reading to do. Thanks very much for the pointers (and the warnings!), and for the very kind words.

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