Wednesday, February 6, 2013

I Love Taking Risks

Reading all things JuJu with Arielle.

A dear friend (librarian) recommended Bon Appetit - and her review of the book was so over the top with swooning adulation that I had to check it out. Even though I didn't want to. 

Had I been in a book store, Bon Appetit would have continued propping up the books around it. But the library welcomes us to take risks, to bring home borrowed beauty that we might not otherwise.  And those gambles of uncertainty can pay off in unexpected happiness. In accidental learning. In sparking a shared passion to bring home more ideas on a subject matter that an hour ago seemed stale. {By the way, Bon Appetit is now on Arielle's wish list for her birthday}.

We don't enjoy every book, movie, cookbook, magazine, or music CD we bring home from the library. But those discussions of why we detested an idea or song lead to a greater understanding of who we are. The library lets us safely model trial and error with our children - which ultimately strengthens our personal relationships and confidence.


{Loved the movie, but never thought 
about reading the book until now.}

The library shares Julia's philosophy with all of us: take risks, learn from your mistakes, and above all, have fun - especially with your children. 

Here is my dare to you: visit your local library and ask the children's librarian what their current favorite children's book is. Then look for a music CD, a cookbook, and a movie that would enhance the theme. Please email me the selections you put together - I'd love to hear about the treasure you've discovered. 

Check out my Beautifully Balanced Collections for more inspiration. 

 xoxo Michele 

Why buy happiness when your library shares it. Free music downloads through Freegal E-books, audio-books, and digital downloads are at your local library, just visit here or your local library website for complete information.