Jun 19, 2006

Rocking and reading


We've been having some very rough naptimes at our house lately. Miranda has suddenly decided that she'll only nap if someone is holding her in the rocker. Place her in her crib and she stands and yells and crawls around and screams... for over an hour if we let her go that long. It's pretty crazy.

So, on the days when I just can't fight that battle for that long, I get a glass of water and a good book, and gather up my girl and rock her while she sleeps. I'll read and just look at her sweet sleeping face. It's actually one of my favorite times of the day, after I've submitted to it. Billy and I are not exactly of the same mind about this situation, but we're doing the best we can.

On the way to the rocker yesterday, I grabbed our copy of The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom. It's an amazing story about sheltering Jews in WWII Holland, and I'm not sure I've ever read it in its entirety. And I started to wonder, How did this book find its way into our house? Why did I get this in the first place? And I realized that I first read it (parts of it, anyway) as a child in Lubbock. There must have been a copy at my parents' house when I was young -- certainly before junior high. I started thinking about some of the books that I read (or began to read) during that time:

I'm not sure that I fully understood any of these books at the time, but I had enough of a connection to want to return to them later in life. And I think I understood enough to be impacted by them, to be introduced to the themes of intelligence and human worth, and racism, and genocide, and spirituality, and optimism and inner healing. They sank roots into my heart and mind.

So, here's a big shout out to my parents, who had the good sense to fill their home with good books for us to discover. And here's hoping that the same thing happens with our little non-napping scrunchie.

6 comments:

melinda said...

yes yes, naptime is good for reading :) I'm with you Maria, sometimes after I've tried to get Noah unlatched from me a thousand times and he's just not having it, I give in and like you, I really enjoy the entire situation once I'm relaxed!

Anonymous said...

Thanks. Dad

Mary Elizabeth said...

I usually lay Katherine down on our bed and nurse her until she falls asleep and sneak off then. But it doesn't always work of course. I really like the book Black Like Men. I heard there is another book too that he worte, but I don't know the title. Anyway...

Anonymous said...

The boys and I have a naptime routine that works for all of us. I take the boys up to their room and we rock and read aloud together....soon I hear the precious little yawns I long for and that is the signal for a napping song and the end of rocking, then they are off to their cribs. It took us a few tries to get used to it, but now it is a very peaceful experience for all...hoping that you find a napping mantra that works for you and Miranda too!

billy said...

We didn't have a lot of books at the house, so I can echo your thanksgiving for their presence in your childhood. I think that it makes such a difference to have art, literature, music, and living things available to our kids as they grow. I'm not sure that a house can properly be called a home if it lacks those things that connect to our collective history and culture as human beings.

Anonymous said...

Thank you. You've always read --a very broad range of subjects. I'm so glad you took advantage of these books and continue to do so. Unfortunately, I'm better at collecting than reading books-but I still want to be surrounded by them and have them available. And now your home has a growing library. Love Mom