Monday, November 26, 2007

The JOY of reading....part TWO!

Okay, so back in August I wrote a little ditty....oh yeah....a long ditty, about the joy of reading to my daughter. Feel free to go back and read it, as I really need to get another cough drop.

I'm back, and hopefully so are you. Sorry, it was so long winded, but that is how I roll. Anyhow, tonight as I sat reading with my Sugar before bed I was really relishing in the JOY of it all. I was fortunate enough to be "reading" a dandy book called, "twinkle, twinkle little star, and other favorite bedtime rhymes." The quotes around the word READING were placed there for a variety of reasons. I am just not sure it could be described as me "reading" to her.

1. The some of the rhymes in this book are also songs, so I find that I have to actually sing most of them. The ones that aren't songs, I still have to say in sort of a sing songy type of way.

2. This was the 15th night in a row of reading this same book. We have nearly 300 children's books in this here house, and I am stuck reading the same book over and over. Now I understand that this is an important part of child development, but seriously, it really squashes me brain cells. I haven't had a chance to read "are you my mother?" in a few months...and that makes me sad. I miss it.



3. Sugar is working on memorizing all the rhymes and so in fact, she has to repeat every line either a few words behind me, or a full line behind. She often stops me, to tell me to stop reading, so she can try to do it herself. It was cute the first 10 times, but I have to admit....this only draws out the bedtime routine, and I am not certain it isn't a ploy.

4. Last night, Sugar insisted on trying to do the Rhymes all by herself, it went something like this:

Sugar: "Star light...star light...."
Mama: "Star bright."
Sugar: "MOMMMMMMM... don't talk!" Star light, star bright......ummmm"
Mama: "First star...
Sugar: (Interrupting) "MOMMMMM...don't talk!" First star I see bright!"
Mama: "tonight"
Sugar: "Mommmmmmm don't talk!" I wish, I wish...I wish tonight!"
Mama: "Very good honey."
Sugar: "That wasn't right...how it go?"
Mama: "I wish I may.."
Sugar: "MOMMMMMMMMM don't talk!"

and so on....for like 15 rhymes! Can you feel the JOY in that? I have to admit...I wasn't lovin it.

5. Tonight....I have a sore throat, and she INSISTED that I be the one to read tonight. So I started in a whisper. I find that when I whisper my throat doesn't get irritated and and I won't start coughing. Sugar was not having it. She insisted that I read in my normal voice, even after I explained that it hurt mama's throat. For the first time in a week, she NEEDED me to do it. of course......so I suffered through only after begging to read the shortest book we own to no avail.

6. Tomorrow...we'll be back to, "don't talk mama!" I'm sure of it, and it appears I'll be embracing it. It is all about perspective. tee hee

15 Live It or Love It:

Terry said...

Oh I know the joy. I have these routine conversations with my princess.

holly said...

i love sandra boynton. but m1 made me read 'dogs' exactly one hundred million thousand times. after the first hundred, i started to hate it. i will *not* be introducing that one to the boy. having said *that*, some of his are equally annoying. (c'mon boy, let's read some alexander mccall smith now. mommy's brain needs food)

Julie Corbett said...

Such a cute post today, Corey. I feel your pain about the repetitious reading thing (and the "Don't talk, Mama!" is so cute too!). I hope your sore throat is feeling better soon. There's nothing worse (in my opinion) than a sore throat! :( Have a great Monday!

jennwa said...

I too have felt your pain, but before you know it she will be reading. Then you will get to listen to her.
I hope you feel better soon.

The Rotten Correspondent said...

I'm catching up after a crazy week. I hope your daughter is feeling better and that you do dodge the bullet.

I'm also going to check out that comments post.

Autumn said...

Oh I feel your pain. Bug does the same thing to me! Bossy mcbosserton is what I call him. Hope you feel better soon!

Deb - Mom of 3 Girls said...

Oh too cute! Replace all of the "don't talk Mama"s with screech/snatch book away/"No!" and that's pretty much Becca at this point too.

Thankfully Abby's learning to read, so I insisted that she read to us while my throat hurt over the weekend! :)

a writer's woolgatherings said...

In our house it's, "We're going on a bear hunt." Bridget can just about say the whole thing which, for a kid who's not quite 2.5, is evident of the number of times it's been read.

Hope your throat gets to feeling better soon!!

Queen of My Domain said...

That is just so typical of something my children would do. Fun post.

Lori- Fairytales & Margaritas said...

These fickle little characters!

Meghan said...

First of all, I'm glad Sugar Bear is feeling better... but I'm sorry you're the one feeling under the weather now!

Xan also goes through book phases. One Fish, Two Fish... was the ONLY book he wanted for two weeks straight. And, he wanted me to read THE WHOLE THING every time. Little bugger.

david mcmahon said...

The sheer joy of reading to children, Corey.

I'm with you ....

childlife said...

Hilarious! I've read 'Angelina Ballerina' soooo many times that I'm just about ready to throw myself off the nearest cliff : P

I'm honestly glad that the kid likes to read though, as I know you are! I've finally come to a nice compromise... Mommy gets to choose a book and you get to choose a book. Helps inject some variety into the works : )

I just cracked up at the "Mommmmm! Don't talk" spiels - she's quite a character!

david mcmahon said...

Forgot to say - we kept all the books that we used to read to our kids.

(Naturally)

Donetta said...

I hope all this passes soon Honey. Rest
Be Embraced!

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