Dreamer, keep dreaming

We knew we would be moving here at about the same time that we knew we would be a homeschooling family.  I had a clear vision, a prescient waking dream: we would walk to a fabulous tea shop that was a gleaming gem of a local treasure, pull out our various books, and settle in for a good read after ordering scones and tea as the white-haired ladies out for a chat with their friends looked on with admiring and approving nods.

First, the tea shop burned to the ground.

Then I came to accept the temperament of my son, which was such that even read alouds had to be accomplished while he was in the bath for his wiggly, kinetic, driven mode of interacting with all of reality made bookish moments rare and the prospect of  alteration seemed laughably distant. Perhaps his wife would read to him on the couch.

Then came years of struggle with Sandra and reading, to be followed by years of struggling with her eyes in eye therapy.

And, to put a cherry on the whipped cream on this layered sundae of doom, Matthias was also diagnosed with eye difficulties.

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The tea shop may be a charred memory, the scones sadly nonexistent, the date may be years later than I could have imagined, but the moment, was nonetheless real. Unbelievably warm weather tempted us outside for a walk, I offered Rainer’s library as a destination for our group silent reading time (a new addition to our days this January), and the moment opened before me. What a brilliant thing that Project 365 has taught me to wander with my camera in my pocket.

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10 thoughts on “Dreamer, keep dreaming

  1. Lisa says:

    Oh my!!! What a HAPPY, HAPPY day!! Surely these deserved to be framed for all your patience with your kids and all the driving across the frozen tundra to eye therapy!! Congratulations

  2. ChristineMM says:

    Hooray for the readers!

    This is one of my favorite blogs. Today MMV quotes and links to an article I’d not yet seen that was in The Wall STreet Journal about what kids read.

    I was feeling a bit hesitant that my kids are re-reading the Wimpy Kid series for the third time since the 3rd book came out six days ago.

    Check out the good quote and then link to WSJ if you want to read the good article about kids, books and reading.

    http://mentalmultivitamin.blogspot.com/2009/01/gateway-drug.html

    Also in an effort to pare down my email time I have left the CMP chat group. Still listening to the podcast. But you are my main contact established from my time on the list. 🙂

  3. Maria says:

    Oh, this gives me hope, hope, and more hope! We’re almost through with vision therapy and I see a HUGE difference…the enjoyment of reading at last! What a gift!

  4. Tracey says:

    I love the way that books & blogs connect people! Your picture could be my two eldest: my son reading Attack of the Deranged Mutant Killer Monster Snow Goons (wait until he discovers Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy!) and my daughter reading Eva Ibbotson. Teashop or library – in the end, the location doesn’t really matter does it.

  5. Amy says:

    Sarah,
    Thank you for sharing this. I love to read your well-worded thoughts and can relate to so many as a homeschooling mother (and having a child with some learning difficulties). I linked to your blog again today. Your post on making it all work really gave me a lot to think about. I have been mulling over it for several days now. I’m so thankful that I ran across your blog. You are an inspiration!
    Amy

  6. Ricky says:

    Great photos, thanks!

    I was just reading Free-Range Knitter by Stephanie Pearl McPhee. In it she talks about how even young children learning to knit helps to focus and calm them despite preconceived expectations of the adults around them.

    As as a fidgety reader (eating while reading helps me focus but isn’t good for the rest of me), I’ve found that putting a book up on a stand and knitting a simple garment helps to calm my mind while I read. Riding an indoor bike at a comfortable pace also helps me settle into the task. Wish I’d known of these options when I was doing my undergrad and masters degrees; I might not have gained that 40 lbs.

  7. Lee-Anne says:

    What a wonderful idea. We too love to linger in the cosy corner at the library. Looks like a delightful way to spend an afternoon. Your photos are lovely.
    P.S Both books are beloved favourites in our family too!

  8. Becky says:

    Yippee : ).

    Haven’t been here for a long while and I love the new look. And so glad to hear that all is going well, Sarah. What beautiful, contented kids…

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