I will be the gladdest thing
Under the sun!
I will touch a hundred flowers
And not pick one.
I will look at cliffs and clouds
With quiet eyes,
Watch the wind bow down the grass,
And the grass rise.
And when lights begin to show
Up from the town,
I will mark which must be mine,
And then start down!
Edna St. Vincent Millay
Growing up, my mom read to us A LOT. That was one thing she found relaxing and something we could all enjoy together. I'm finding out I'm more and more like my mom everyday. When I was a teenager you couldn't have paid me a million dollars to say that, but yes, it's true, and not such a bad thing after all! This was always one of our favorite poems.
We also loved Shel Silverstein and now I'm reading his hilarious and witty poems and stories to my own kids.
And I'm realizing why reading to your kids is so wonderful. You get to sit still, they are quiet (for the most part) and you know you are doing something good for them, so you don't have to deal with the almost always nagging mommy guilt.
Nothing like reading on a cloudy day by the fire, snuggled up on the couch with a blanket and tea. Some of my other favorites that I still need to find for my kids are: "The Magic Friend Maker", "Nothing To Do" and "August Explains".