When One Book Says It All

I loved this book as a child.

We borrowed it from the library yesterday. It was wonderful reading it to my children after so many years.

There are certain qualities every parent wants to encourage in their children. These differ from family to family. My husband and I want our children to be confident, positive, enthusiastic and resilient.  We hope they create opportunities for themselves, rather than waiting for them to come along.   We don’t want them growing up with a sense of entitlement just because they want something.  And this book screams those things.

I remembered this story was lots of fun. I didn’t remember it carrying such a wonderful message. So when I read it to the children yesterday, it was an exciting discovery. I felt like punching the air and going “yes!!” but that’s a bit too Tom Cruise for me. So I held back. I’d love to share some of it with those of you who haven’t read it.

“Congratulations!
Today is your day.
You’re off to Great Places!
You’re off and away!”

It goes on to talk about how wonderful the world is, and how you can choose exactly where you want to go.

“You’ll be on your way up!
You’ll be seeing great sights!
You’ll join the high flyers
who soar to great heights.”

It talks about when things get tough, you might find yourself in “a most useless place.  The Waiting Place…

… for people just waiting…
Waiting for the fish to bite
or waiting for wind to fly a kite
or waiting around for Friday night
or waiting, perhaps, for their Uncle Jake
or a pot to boil, or a Better Break
or a string of pearls, or a pair of pants
or a wig with curls, or Another Chance.
Everyone is just waiting.”

It says you’ll certainly feel lonely sometimes.

“And when you’re alone, there’s a very good chance
you’ll meet things that scare you right out of your pants.”

“On and on you will hike,
And I know you’ll hike far
and face up to your problems
whatever they are.”

Isn’t that fantastic?

Also, tonight I started reading them the original Winnie the Pooh. It’s always been a favourite of mine so it was really special sharing it with them. I know much of it was lost on our little girl, but our son is the perfect age so he thinks it’s hilarious. I can’t wait to read him a chapter every night.

If you love books too, let me recommend a wonderful book blog.  Pages Et Cetera is written by a very dear friend of mine in Sydney. If you’re into books you’ll love it.

This November, I’m writing one post every day as part of NaBloPoMo.

NaBloPoMo 2011

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