It is almost six o’clock in the evening. Although I’ve cleaned, straightened, cooked, and done laundry, I am still in my pajamas. Paul said, “If I ask you out on a date tonight would that be incentive enough for you to get dressed?” Yes, that would do it! We are going to Barnes and Noble for coffee and a book. We just discovered that a book we’ve been waiting for is now on sale. It is the eighth book in a series about the Number One Ladies’ Detective Agency. When we get home I’ll get my electric blanket ready, Paul and I will get our cups of hot red bush tea, and he’ll start reading to me.
A bedtime story has been a tradition from the first week we were married. Paul started reading the Winnie-the-Pooh series to me when I was eighteen, and from there we have spent many hours in the late evening reading all kinds of novels to each other. During the past year and a half we have come to the conclusion that romantic moments don’t just happen, they have to be planned. With all of life’s demands, it would be easy to forget we have a relationship to nurture, so I’m glad for the tradition Paul established early in our married life. Along with growing in our faith, taking time for reading together has kept us both from despair on a number of occasions.
Katy and Qavah are staying home with Paul Burton. They are about to watch a DVD of little stories about Madeline. We got the DVDs from the library and Qavah has watched them several times with all of us. She can quote them. We are happy to give her the experience of watching books come to life, and as the story begins it takes me back to when each of the children would cuddle up and listen to us read to them. They each had a book that became their favorite. It is our hope that they will all enjoy reading aloud to their spouses and their children, and enjoy it as much as we have.
In an old house in Paris covered with vines,
there were twelve little girls in two straight lines.
They left the house at half-past-nine,
in two straight lines, in rain or shine.
The smallest one was Madeline.