Beth and I share a love for reading. It has been a real joy to take turns reading chapters in a book. The anticipation as one chapter ends, wondering what will happen next, but having to wait until the next day because it's bedtime now. While Kevin doesn't quite have the love of reading we do, he's at least understanding enough to let me do Beth's storytime most of the time, so I don't miss the story.
A couple weeks ago, I was looking through the storage tub of books I still have from my teaching days, looking for books about Ancient Egypt (one of Beth's new intrests), when I happened upon Sarah, Plain and Tall. Oh, I remember a teacher, I think 5th grade- Mrs. Bellue, reading it to our class. It's such a great story. This time, I read the book to Beth, a chapter or two a night.
When we finished enjoying the great story, I told her there was a movie too. I remember watching it with my mom, a Hallmark Hall of Fame, of course. Netflix didn't have it, so we headed for the library. We were put on a waiting list and only waited about a week. Today, we finished watching the movie. I just loved as she would recognize a scene, word for word, from the book. Remarkably, the movie was much like the book. We had some great talks about emotions- things you can read on people's faces, not necessarily on pages of a book. We talked about the difference in time periods- all the horse drawn wagons, that they wore the same dresses almost the whole time, why dresses were so long (which would be right up Beth's alley), why women carried umbrellas....
These are precious memories that I love creating with my sweet girl. I love that we share the love for books. I love that we can talk about them and compare them to the movie. I love that, today, I ignored the long list of chores, and spent precious moments with my daughter.