I've been reading Heidi (Johanna Spyri) to the boys for a couple weeks now. How I loved this book as a child! And oh, people! I am loving it all over again. What a masterpiece! I spent two hours reading ahead the other night, after tucking the boys in. Then on two other nights, I was so involved in the story that I ended up reading to them until 10:00 p.m.! Me, who is such a stickler for a consistent bedtime!
About the third day into it I told the boys how I loved it so much as a child, that I wanted to be Heidi. Peter said, kind of embarrassed: "Me too. Is that okay? I wish we lived in the beautiful mountains too and could run with the goats."
I love that Heidi always puts the feelings of others above her own. She loves sacrificially. I love her contagious good nature and her unabashed joy regarding nature. She reminds me of my Peter, at times. I love her conversion story and how she led others to faith in the book.
Funny, but I don't remember this being a Christian book. Reading it now, as an adult, I see so much symbolism. I wonder if it influenced my heart for God, all those years ago? I know I read it at least three times as a child--only Little Women was read (and cried over) more times by my little bookworm, childish self.
A classic isn't just a book that's timeless. I'm finding they're also books that teach and appeal to children and adults alike.
Anyway, we are loving the Charlotte Mason learning style! I'm reading a number of wonderful living books to the boys right now. It's all such a pleasure! More on that to come.
My mother is visiting right now, although she's staying with her sister. I love her dearly, but why do mothers say things such as the following?
"Oh, my goodness, Christine! You're so skinny! What size are you, a 2!"
To which I answered, "No, I'm a 4. I haven't seen a 2 since the second child was born." (My bone structure in the hip area is completely different now.)
"Well, that's a good thing. If you were any skinnier, you'd look like a meth addict!"
Let's make a pact right now, Ladies! May we only say uplifting things to our daughters about their physical appearances (except in the case of immodest clothing, and then only gently. Very gently.).