“Mom, can I read this to you?” Now what mother with breath left in her can resist those words? Especially when they come from a daughter who has and will continue to struggle so much academically? Add to this sentimental moment that the book she wanted to read to me was “A Kiss for Little Bear” by Else Holmelund Minarik. (Mom, if you’re reading this, I’ll give you permission to shed a sentimental tear. It was all I could do not to.)
For all of you who are not my mom, I should explain that as a precocious 5 year old I received some attention from my parents, kindergarten teacher, and principal for reading Ms. Minarik’s “Little Bear“. They thought that someone so academically accomplished needed to be in first grade! (This was before the schools started giving parents a checklist of necessary skills before their children attend kindergarten…but I digress.)
The moment was truly right with my soul; cuddling on the loveseat with my daughter in a quiet home (the boys had left for basketball practice) reading this sweet story by a beloved author. If you haven’t already done so, I highly suggest checking this one out from your library to cuddle with your little ones.