If I could, I would read every book with my children. But there’s so many good books, so little time, I have to yield and say “Go ahead, read that one without me”😢 And then you know my thirteen year-old really loved it when a book enters into her must re-read rotation.
I asked her what she loved most about it, and she said, “I love how it’s happy-sad.” And this from my most sensitive child who to this day cannot get through Simba’s father dying in “The Lion King”. I asked her what did she learn from it, and she answered “How to be happy while going through hard things”. I asked her if she had a favorite quote from the book, and she immediately directed me to words shared when the main character, Katy, is tragically bed-ridden and feels all her sense of purpose and dreams are gone. I was so impressed, I have to share as an example of what profound, lasting lessons can be taught from a simple story in a good book.
‘Now, Katy Carr, you wanted to go to school, and learn to be wise and useful, and here’s a chance for you. God is going to let you go to His school- where He teaches all sorts of beautiful things to people. Perhaps He will only keep you for one term, or perhaps it may be for three or four; but whichever it is, you must make the very most of the chance, because He gives it to you Himself.” ‘But what is the school?’ asked Katy. ‘I don’t know what you mean.’ ‘It is called the School of Pain’ replied Cousin Helen, with her sweetest smile. ‘And the place where the lessons are learned is this room of yours. The rules of the school are pretty hard, but the good scholars, who keep them best, find out after a while how right and kind they are. And the lessons aren’t easy, either, but the more you study the more interesting they become.” ‘What are the lessons?’ asked Katy…’Well, there’s the lesson of Patience. That’s one of the hardest studies. You can’t learn much of it at a time, but every bit you get by heart makes the next bit easier. And there’s the lesson of Cheerfulness. And the lesson of Making the Best of Things.'
Isn’t it wonderful? Definitely recommend to read!