Wednesday, August 10, 2011

All Your Life

Keeping with our nature theme from yesterday,
we are reading aloud the Robert Lawson classic, Rabbit Hill. 

Our daughter is mesmerized. 
She hugs her lifelong beloved stuffed animal, Bun Bun. 
And requests another chapter.

Great reads (and movies) can give
 a new perspective on subjects that you
 may have already settled in your mind.

They can open new avenues, new yellow brick roads to explore meditate on, wrestle with. And as those words are read or spoken you grow in spirit and knowledge. And compassion.

You will want this book as either a follow up
or as back story. 

The movie is joyfully poignant.
 For most of us, anyway.
Our youngest son is fairly certain
we ruined his life with this movie. 
{He didn't want the animated rabbit to become real}
But then again, brushing his teeth
tends to garner the same response. 

This summer my daughter and I  
have been singing "All Your Life" as a duet
while designing crafts, walking to town,
preparing dinner (you will love the fun food friends
you can build with Salad People) or getting ready for bed.
My hubby will tell you we sing that melody all ding dong day.
Secretly, it is the song of my heart right now.
Time keeps progressing, along with her.

I want to embrace her as affectionately as she cherishes Bun Bun.
Love them, sing with them, read to them, take them to the library
all your life.

xoxo Michele


the cul-de-sac said...

You had me at "The Velveteen Rabbit," my own childhood favorite book, and one I've been introducing to my daughters, whose own "loveys" are so important. I didn't even know about the movie until now.

Another beautiful, and poignant, collection. I am sorry to gush so much, but I am loving learning from your creative and thoughtful parenting m.o. Thanks again.

Michele said...

You are sooo sweet, thank you!! And I feel the same way about your recommendations. The library inspires sharing, doesn't it? Ben Franklin was a genius.

xoxo michele

Michele said...

Oh, and I forgot to mention - the book, Rabbit Hill: the most amazing illustrations in the older hardback editions. There is a map on the inside cover that we keep going back to - those are my favorite types of books - the ones with maps. {Like Narnia.} And the dialogue between the animals is the sweetest - "figgerin' figgers" = hysterical.