Monday, November 7, 2011

Planting Hope

Last week, Brunella introduced me to a small (less than 40 pages) but timeless book, The Man Who Planted Trees. I immediately put it on hold at our library and was able to pick it up Saturday morning.

Although it is a beautiful work of fiction, this treasure is something I can read again and again with my children.  A simple man leading a quiet, frugal life but doing a deeply meaningful work that future generations will reap the benefits.

In some ways I see it as an affirmation to my reading with my children. Thirty minutes a day may not seem like much (as much as two hours on some days, but the average is probably closer to half an hour). But over their lives it can add up to fruitful harvest. Sometimes the simplest things can have the deepest meaning. Planting hope - that is what reading means to me.

Thank you, Brunella, for posting on such a legendary work of storytelling. It will become one of our permanent home collections. I have been inspired by your beautiful blog and am thankful that although we live so far away, we share a joyful connection through a love of reading, especially with our children.

Your local library has this great read. They specialize in quietly planting the seeds of knowledge, and our family is grateful for their meaningful work.  

xoxo Michele 


I am LOVD said...

Brunella is the best! Her heart is just as beautiful as she is!

Amy Sullivan said...

First off, hope boot-camp went well for your dog! Your comment made me smile as I sometimes worry we are the bad neighbors because of our run-away Golden.

Second, any chance you would be interested in combining your passion of books with my passion about teaching kids to give/serve into a guest post for me? No pressure if you are busy or not up to it. I just thought it might be fun for you to create a small lists of books for my place that encourage others-first thinking. ?? Not sure how much work that would be for you.

Thanks for thinking about it!

Natalie said...

Oh boy! Another great rec. :) and do I have a post for this week that you will LOVE! Happy Monday!

Brunella said...

Sono tanto grata a tutte voi, arricchite la mia vita e io sogno di venire a trovarvi e parlare in giardino, tra la natura, con i figli, le cose belle. Amo molto la natura e rimango incantata dai colori autunnali della vostra terra.
Grazie a Michele, Lily, Amy, tutte le "american girls". Non passa giorno che io non vi ricordi nelle mie benedizioni del giorno, voi e tutte le vostre famiglie. Che i desideri del vostro cuore si avverino tutti.
I am so grateful for 31 days, enriched my life and I dream of coming to visit you and "all the american girls" and talk about garden, including the nature, books, and lessons, dreams, the children, alla beautiful things of our life. I love nature and I am enchanted by the autumn colors of your land.
Thanks to Michael, Lily, Amy, all the "American Girls".
Every day, since october, i bless every 31 day's women and family. That the smallest and greatest desires of our heart come true for everyone.