I quietly peeked around the corner into my son's room and watched for a moment as he blissfully played with his choo choo trains. I decided to take advantage of this rare moment of quiet, happy, independent play and pick up a favorite book.
I'm all snuggled up on the rocking chair, and almost two chapters into "What color is your slip cover" by Denny Daikler, when Scotty came into the family room to make sure he knew where mommy was. Then he returned to his room, I assumed to continue playing with his beloved trains, but he came back out just a moment later plopped himself down on the couch and started reading out loud one of his favorite books "Go, Dog. Go!" When I looked over at him so proudly reading to himself, my heart fluttered.
You know that feeling? When you see something so beautiful you actually have that physical reaction within your chest, like the light-switch just turned on and now you are glowing from the inside. It was more than just seeing my son's developing love of books, hearing his little toddler voice calling all the dogs "Choo choos, and Thomas" or his sweet mimicking of my activity of choice. It was an image of my own mother, and how many countless times I spied her snuggled up on a chair while laundry was drying, dinner was baking, she was nursing a baby, or taking a well deserved break, with a book in hand. It was a memory of sitting down with a book of my own next to her, just to be near her as she read. Hundreds of books she read aloud to me and my siblings, "Stewart Little" "The Christmas Box" American Girls series, picture books, magazines and scriptures.
A love of not just being entertained by the written word, but learning from it, letting her mind delight in it's complexities, it's perspectives, it's call to become something greater today than you were yesterday, and it's ability to create strong lasting relationships and emotional connection when shared.
So I suppose, my golden moment today was a book. But like all books, was so much more than meets the eye.
What is your favorite book? Do you have a special memory centered around reading, you cherish?