I’m back again at the Yarn Along. For those who love the inspiration of knitting and reading, you can find more knitters and readers at Ginny’s blog.
OK, I’ll admit that this week I just threw together the Yarn Along. Further confessions, this knitting is what I got done at the hotel at the homeschool convention a week and a half ago. I haven’t picked it up since then. While you pick your jaw off the ground, I’ll remind you that the knitting is another little romper for the store…when it gets done.
The main thing I wanted to write about in today’s post is the reading! In the picture is The Wheel on the School, which is the current read aloud book in our school. My cousin, Jenny, recommended this book to me, and it was already on our Sonlight list, so even better. From what I had heard about it, I’ve been looking forward to reading it with Silje all year.
Let me tell you it is worth all the talk! I’d love this book even without Silje sitting right next to me. It is so charming, so warm, so innocent, so real, so adventurous, so quaint. It’s like reading Little House on the Prairie for the very first time. Only Dutch. (I guess it’d be “Little House on the Dike” then…)
Knut has told me to put this book down after the kids are going to bed because there is sewing I need to get done for this weekend. “Gretchen, shouldn’t you be reading that to Silje?” He’ll say.
“Yes, but I just want to find out what happens, you know, in case I need to prepare Silje or something.”
“Shouldn’t you be sewing now? Isn’t this your sewing time and you need those diapers done by this weekend?”
“Are you actually trying to get me to sew?” (pause) “You’re right, you’re right.” And I sigh, and walk to my sewing room slowly, knowing that I’ll have to wait until school tomorrow to read another chapter. I got caught and Knut is such a goody-two-shoes that he won’t let me cheat and read ahead.
So let me send this little challenge out to you. If you have school aged children, or even if you have no children and it’s just you and your husband or roommate to read to, or maybe it’s just you. Pick this book up for your summer reading. Read it aloud as a family, as a couple, or just by the beach. It’s just that good. You’ll feel wholesome when you’re done. I think…since I haven’t technically finished it yet.