Sorry I missed you all yesterday! I had my first day at my new job! So far so good! Lots of general hospital wide nursing orientation this week – I honestly haven’t even been on or seen the unit I’ll be working on yet because of visitor restrictions due to COVID-19.
(Side note – I’m typing this in bed on my MacBook Pro – Carver tells me “I’m trying to run away from my shadow and me can’t!”)
The days are getting longer in more ways than one. Craig is in the field later and later. Honestly, last October I was SO BUSY with clinicals and work last harvest and Craig kept getting interrupted with rain that it didn’t seem so long or so hard going days without quality time.
This Spring we are already stuck inside because of the corona virus, the temperatures are finally warming up but it is SO SO windy here so we can’t really go outside, and I’m spending a lot more time at home with the boys.
The nights just seem long. Time ticks by past when Craig should be home. Then there’s a long stretch till bed time. I’ll keep Craig’s dinner set out for him and I’ll always leave a light on for when he gets home, just like I watched my mom do for so many planting and harvest seasons as Craig works the same land that my Dad did.
There’s one tradition I plan on carrying over too – that’s reading at supper time. My mom read us five kids so so many books. Even though I was so young at the time, it was my first taste of chapter books and books without pictures. It was usually an adventure book like the Francis Tuckett books and The Hatchet by Gary Paulson to keep the boys (my brothers) entertained.
I called mom and asked her about it. It is such a fond memory for me, I wanted to know where she got the idea.
“I wanted to make it special like we had something to do when we still sat at the table, even though Dad wasn’t there. I wanted you all to still feel like a family when we were together. I did it once at worked and you wanted more.”
She’s right – I can remember begging her to read just one more chapter – not just me but all four of my older siblings too. I think mom felt that long gap of time when Dad didn’t come home to interrupt it. This was something to fill the time too.
I asked mom if her mom read to her like that too – she said not at supper time but her mom read to her all the time. Mom was listening to chapter books like Indian Captive, When the Legends Die, and Black Stallion at a young age. It’s probably what sparked her love of reading and history at a young age.
I’ll be honest, I don’t LOVE reading to the boys, not like my mom does. My mom could read books to kids ALL. DAY. LONG. She once told me she has to make a mental note when she sits down to read books to kids at childcare to make sure she doesn’t get too far behind on the schedule. She would read books all day if she could.
So, the other night when we sat down to supper, I picked out a few books to read to the boys. They loved it. Gannon doesn’t have the patience to sit and READ a book so its one way to get his reading time in because he’s eating too. Carver adores reading, I read him the Ginger Bread Man book 3 times in a row (kind of a morbid book if you ask me) but more than that, I love that I’m carrying on a tradition.
I can’t wait until Carver is old enough so I can read Junie B Jones books to him – my FAVORITE and the first chapter book I ever read. Mom and I read them together, along with the American Girl series, and so so many other books.
Mom’s love of reading didn’t completely pass on to me, I honestly can’t focus long enough to READ a real book. I listen to so many books though. I’ve always been an auditory learner so that makes sense.
Hopefully this will help the boys and I develop a habit of reading and getting through the long days without Craig!
What chapter books were your favorite? Did you ever read at the supper table? Can you remember the first chapter book you read?