A bit of background info. We read A LOT. Or , as my daughter would say, very much a lot. We read to the kids, we read our own books, we read on the internet, we listen to audio books. We read.
Our oldest daughter, Precious (age 4), had adopted our love of books and I hope has made it her own love, too. She will take a stack with her to bed and read through them. She has the amazing ability to hear a book read to her just once or twice and then be able to recite it almost verbatim.
Today it was driven home just how much reading has influenced her life. We were all laying around on the sofa, talking and giggling and tickling, as we are wont to do. I said something like “It’s time to tidy up now” or something equally mundane. Precious piped up and said “No, we don’t want to.” But the incredibly funny part was after she said “No, we don’t want to” she added as a postscript “said the children” as if she was speaking a line from a story. ” ‘No, we don’t want to’, said the children as they ate another biscuit.” or something like that.
For the rest of the afternoon Handsome and I would speak as if narrating. “Sweetheart, please pass me a tissue, requested the lovely wife.” or ” What a funny blog! exclaimed the reader.”
It’s one of those things that I think will live in our family culture for a long time. I can just imagine when Precious gets married, she’ll be finished reciting her vows and her daddy will add in an undertone “promised the bride”.