There are some books in which I cry at the same part every single time. Whether reading them alone or aloud to our girls, the tears begin to flow. They include when Laura’s dog Jack dies in By the Shores of Silver Lake; when Jem returns from World War I to be welcomed by Dog Monday at the train station in Rilla of Ingleside; and when Beth dies in Little Women.
The written word can stir our emotions. A good story transports us to another place, inserts us into someone else’s life. From adventures to mysteries, biographies to fairy tales, opening up the world of books to our children is a gift like no other.
As our daughters get older, it’s an ongoing struggle to find appropriate reading material for them. Yet how rewarding it is to see them engaged with a book, struggling to pull themselves back to reality when called to do a task. Sharing with them some of my childhood favorites brings all of us pleasure.
So the next time you read your child a story, hand them a book that you once enjoyed, or search the library catalog for a suitable title, think of all the possibilities you are opening up for them and consider it time well spent.
Is there a book or a story that always makes you cry?