Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Anytime, Anywhere

My daughter will read anytime.

She will read anywhere.

She will read anything.

Now I've got to figure out where to hide the more adult books. Nothing nasty, mind you, just a little more, uh, advanced for a 7-year-old.

It is surprising how much she has learned in the past year. This time last year, she was reading the simplest Dr. Seuss books. Now, she doesn't even require pictures anymore. Just page after page with lots of words.

Kids are interesting when they learn to smile. A little more interesting when they learn to walk. Quite interesting (and amusing) when they learn to talk. But this is my favorite stage when they learn to read and write.

I remember, yesterday I think it was, that my now 18-year-old nieces learned to read. I remember reading their school journals from second grade and crying. It is and was so hugely amazing to me. And I'm sure it is to them, too. This seems to me like the final frontier of learning. Except when they start having relationships with the opposite sex and I'm NEVER going to be ready for that. Nor will I enjoy it. This reading thing is it! The world is finally open to them once they learn to read. Or perhaps I should say they are open to the world.

How exciting. How scary.


ArtPropelled said...

I'm smiling at the photo of your daughter on her perch. It's wonderful when our children love books as much as we do.
It is quite daunting when they seem to grow up so fast....but we come through it :-)

jason said...

I *love* that photo!

lori vliegen said...

i think that it's wonderful that she loves to read so much! and i must say, i sure wish i could sit like that again....well, maybe i could, but i'd never be able to get up and walk again! :)

Veronica said...

Great spot for a little light reading!