A child made cozy with books from the earliest age will do well at school and live a good life. This is true and vital especially in the midst of the electronic revolution. Here are six cues to help make old-fashioned happiness come to your young ones:
- Post a beautiful picture, not just a framed text, containing a good book quote that is meaningful to you on a prominent wall in your home.
- Tell a circle of children a classic story relevant to them. Then have them each draw a picture of it.
- Give them each a colorful sticker to decorate their work as a seal of approval so they’ll be proud of it.
- Read a story to a child at night so she or he relaxes and falls asleep peacefully. Do not allow electronic phones, i-pods, etc. in the bedroom.
- Build a bookcase out of boards and bricks someone else is discarding if you have no other way of getting one. It adds color, can hold things and even divide areas.
- Fill it with enticing books bought cheaply at community sales. Let the books’ spines expose their titles and their cover graphics excite curiosity. If they are good books, they will find takers.
My Particular Story
What set me up to writing this blog post was news received on Palm Sunday that our church is headed for closure because of indebtedness. For me it is a loss of literature and I will fight not to let that happen.
When our congregation started nearly two centuries ago, the one book that needed to be taught to a child as early as possible was the Bible. At age four in 1937 I recall emerging from Sunday nursery school into the spring air feeling happy and confident. My story picture had a singing robin on it. I too was one with nature. God saw the little sparrow fall and counted every hair on my head. We were both that important!
When I learned to read I made out the words, “The Truth Shall Make You Free”, not quite hidden by vines clinging around the imposing door of Victoria College at the University of Toronto in a picture hanging in our front hall.
That pretty much explains the path my life took. God really went up in my estimation when I learned the text was biblical. He had nothing to fear from my intelligence, my curiosity, my independence, my desire to be free, read, study and write to my heart’s content. In fact, that’s what He wanted. Somehow I had no trouble growing into the habit of metaphorical thinking. The spirit of love and creation would always be the strength inside, ahead of, around and behind me — even if churches close and we have to regroup around family and more literary ways.
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