The other day, to reroute bickering I told everyone they had to think of something lovely to say about the other people in the car. After going through each person with a nice thing to say, Lyddie declared, "And Mommy, I love it when we read together in the afternoons!" I already knew she did; I have known for a long time that her love language is "quality time" but I hadn't even had that in mind as a reason for our reading together - it's just something we've always done before rest time. It doubled my gladness that I have continued reading alone with each child alone each afternoon for even just 15 minutes. Lyddie and I finished The Wonderful Wizard of Oz yesterday and now we are reading Lady Lollipop by Dick King Smith. I have decided to feed Millie a steady diet of Mother Goose, fueled all the more by the light in her eyes and her sudden fascination with rhyme and word play. ("Lyddie, are you cookin' or are you mookin'? HAHAHAHAHA!!!") We are also spending greater time outdoors according to recommendations by Charlotte Mason; we aren't quite up to the 4-6 hours per day mark but pushing closer and closer as the weather allows. This is good for my yardwork and the girls seems happier and more peaceful and more engaged inside and out.
In my own reading is still The Magicians by Lev Grossman. Sunday afternoon I also finished The Last Battle by C.S. Lewis, completing the entire Narnia series for the first time. I had read most of them as a teenager and child but never had read The Horse and His Boy and they are like different books when reading them as an adult. Can you blame me for the tears of happiness and hope as I read the descriptions of Lewis' ideas of what heaven in Narnia could be like?
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