Monday, October 12, 2009

I do like them, Sam-I-Am

Tonight, we had a very special event at our house. Very special indeed.

I'm always very thankful that ever night, each of the OhPrincesses still require dad to tuck. I dread the day when I'm no longer needed to straighten the covers and kiss the forehead and give them that last big hug of the day. Please tell me they need it forever.

One of my nightly habits with OhPrincess2 (6yr) is reading time. I no longer read the books but instead I get read to. That transition, was very special both my girls

I let her pick a book that she thinks she will be able to read me from cover to cover. For the most part, she's been sticking to the Level 1 and 2 books, but every now and then, she throws me a curve and tries one of my favorite books: a Dr. Seuss.

As soon as I found out my wife was pregnant with our first, I set out to buy all the REAL Dr. Seuss books and by that, I mean the ones that were actually written by the good Doc himself. There are several books branded with his name and resemble the originals, but we all know...they just aren't as good.

So tonight, OhPrincess2 picked one of my favorites, Green Eggs and Ham. I've just always loved the rhythmic word play and repetition. A masterpiece. An ambitious choice for a 6 year old but she loves this book as much as I do. (We've had several years of practice with this book, we particularly like the interactive part where everyone being read to yells "ANYWHERE!" Never heard of it, give it a try the next time you read it!)

I guess I can't explain it in words other then to say, that little girl, with the gap in her smile where a tooth used to be, read that whole book from cover to cover. She even let ME yell "ANYWHERE!" at the appropriate times. Hm, this seems to be turning into a brag post, well, so be it!

Daddy's little girl did it. Yeah! I'm so excited...I just had to shout from the top Getting read to a Dr. Seuss book still rocks. I can't wait until she tries my all time favorite: Oh, Say Can You Say?. Those tongue twisters are brutal, ya think?



surprised mom said...

Yes, I do think. I also think there's something special about Dr. Seuss. There's something even more special about reading with Daddy. And just to let you know, in some form or another, they always need it. You might not be tucking them in, but those last kisses and hugs of the day always remain important and necessary. There is nothing like a girl and her daddy.

seashore subjects said...

What a wonderful way to end her day. You go right ahead and brag - it is well-deserved!

WeaselMomma said...

That is so awesome! Next in the cue should be Fox in Socks!

Melisa with one S said...

I love this for so many reasons. Congrats on this family accomplishment!

Kim said...

That is all sorts of awesome..

terri said...

I miss the days when the kids read to me. You have every right to savor these moments and brag about them. Let me know when she reads about the Sneeches. I want to be there for storytime too.

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Mrs4444 said...

This is a wonderful post; I love it.