Oops!

I am sorry this post is late today. Life has gotten in the way, but in a good way. šŸ™‚ I had a fantastically lazy and relaxing Thanksgiving weekend. I didn’t worry about very much (for a change) except reading my book and getting caught up on some chilled out family time. With all that laid back time, I just didn’t get my post done this weekend.

Then last night I went to see a production of Shakespeare’sĀ The Winter’s Tale, starring Sir Kenneth Branagh and Dame Judi Dench, broadcast from the Garrick theatre in London’s West End through a Fathom Events Live special showing at a local movie theater. ItĀ is a treat to seeĀ something like this, or NT Live’s Coriolanus, which IĀ have seen a few times inĀ local movie theaters. IĀ have seen a few others and am also thinking I will HAVE to check out theĀ Fathom Events Live broadcast of Sherlock – The Abominable Bride that will be here in the US in January.Ā Ā With all the excitement of seeing the play, I didn’t manage to get anything written by the time the play was over at almost 10:30.

So even though this is late, I wanted to share a story with you from my super relaxing long weekend. Before we go to sleep at night, we take turns reading to the kids. They can read on their own, but there is something about having that time, reading aloud to the kids to get them to sleep. I have one book I’m reading to the twins and I had another I was reading for quite awhile to my oldest. He had gotten the book, The One and Only Ivan,Ā on his school librarian’s recommendation, at the last book fair at school. We always end up spending a boatload at those book fairs by the way. šŸ™‚

We read this book for a little while, though it is a children’s book with very short chapters. (I love short chapters for night time reading sessions!) The story is basically about this gorilla, Ivan, who has lived his life in a small cage, not in a zoo or in the wild, but doesn’t seem to mind too much until he meets a baby elephant named Ruby who needs his help. He makes a promise to his friend Stella the elephant to help save Ruby.

It’s a sweet and easy read, which I’d recommend reading, regardless of your age. What I wanted to share with you, though, was that I had one of those ugly cry moments (as Oprah might say) reading it to my son. I thought he was asleep so I’m just all choked up and unable to get any words out, then I look over and see he is waiting patiently for me to continue. It took me a few minutes to get myself under control enough to finish reading it to him.

I admire writers who can tell a story that makes a reader feel so strongly as to break into an ugly cry. I admire writers who can make a reader feel sad, or happy, orĀ even angry reading their stories. The book I was reading myself over the weekend wasn’t the Great American Novel, but rather a feel goodĀ romance novel I knew exactly what to expect from the author as soon as I checked it out from the library.Ā Ā This author may not give me much that is unexpected, but she manages to stir the emotions up from time to time in each book of hers I read.

I like reading books that make me feel and hope to be the writer that manages that for my readers someday.

ThanksĀ for stopping by and for your forgiveness for the lateness.

Have a great week!

~CJS

One response to “Oops!

  1. carlton mckenney

    One of my strong and fondest memories is sitting in my grandmothers library listening to her read to me. I was introduced to 20K Leagues, Black Arrow, Ivanhoe, Robin Hood, and many others starting when I was 4(?). Reading on my own came later but my tastes were already setting. I wanted big books with lots of characters and adventures.
    I also learned to sit quietly, a true chore at that age, since Grandmother would stop reading if I was too restless. I wasn’t sure how much was too much and learned to err on the side of caution.
    It’s amazing the number of things you learn from being read to.

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