My mother and I have always enjoyed doing things together. She is my dearest friend and has always been my teacher, playmate, and dear mommy. We scrapbook, stamp cards, talk, drink tea, and read together.
Mom has always been my loving teacher. I can remember jumping on the trampoline as I shouted out the letters of the alphabet and sitting beside her as she pointed out new words for me to pronounce. She listened patiently as I learned to spell sat, mat, and cat, and she carefully explained the silent “e” and other mysteries of the English language.
Mom wasn’t the best reader as a child, but the Lord helped her overcome her difficulties, and she now has a great love of the Holy Bible. She spends much time everyday meditating on the Word of God. She is an inspiration as I strive to form steady Bible habits of my own.
Both of my parents taught me to love reading. They spent hours reading with me, and it was always a treat to go to the library. I was inspired by the many books they gave me (many of them were the antique children’s classics that I still cherish today), and they planted the dream that someday I could write books like them.
In recent years Mom and I have rediscovered our love of reading together. She reads to me occasionally, but I now take over the majority of the reading while she works on her scrapbooks or relaxes with a cup of coffee. I try to make the reading come alive for both of us and give each character’s voice distinctive qualities that are easily recognizable (I don’t know how well I succeed at this).
Some of the books that we have read include:
- A Little Swiss Boy (Vinzi) by Johanna Spyri
- Most of the Anne of Green Gables series by Lucy Maud Montgomery
- Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
- Pride ad Prejudice by Jane Austen
- Get Out of that Pit by Beth Moore
- A Girl of the Limberlost by Gene Stratton Porter
- Emma by Jane Austen
We love being together and can talk for hours. My mother is my best friend (along with my dad, sister, and brother). She is a treasure, and I am so glad that God placed me in her life and gave us the special bond of mother and child. She inspires me, comforts me, and builds me up. I can only hope that in the coming years I will be as much of a blessing to her as she has always been to be.
I love you, Mom!