It was Thanksgiving one year ago that we began a life-enriching habit. We vowed to read aloud every single day for as long as we could. This habit was inspired by The Reading Promise: My Father and the Books We Shared by Alice Ozma.
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 bears a human soul.
I am rich. Oh, I don't mean in the monetary sense. My family, like many families around the country, has been hit very hard with current economic unrest. Our lifestyle has changed a great deal in the last couple of years. We've never lived extravagently but we have always been able to afford the necessities of life and many of our wants. Now our lives are...well...simpler. We used to be able to travel a good deal. We can no longer afford to do that...
"I would be most content if my children grew up
to be the kind of people who think
deecorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves."
From the time our children are infants, we are conscious of all they are in contact with. Soft blankets enfold them. Beautiful music soothes them. We show our concern for their safety by covering outlets and padding table corners. We enjoy sweet times of snuggling on the sofa introducing them to new friends through books. Many of these friends they will revisit over and over and never forget.
We have begun a new challenge in our home. Recently I began The Reading Promise: My Father and the Books We Shared by Alice Ozma. I discovered this book from a podcast called Read-Aloud Revival, hosted by Sarah Mackenzie. This is an inspiring podcast which encourages us to "build our family culture around books". She has interviewed many wonderful guests, one being Alice Ozma.
We recently said goodbye to an old friend. We have spent the last year or so getting to know him well. Our family has had many instructive conversations, laughs and cries because of our relationship with him. Our lives will be forever changed and made fuller because of the influence he had on us. It won't be goodbye forever, however. We can visit him anytime just by opening a book.