Thursday, January 14, 2010

January, Shmanuary

I know I shouldn't be weary of the inversion so soon after Christmas, but I am. I really am. It is a sludgy smear that rubs out my mountains and snuffs out the sun.

I am in desperate need of Vitamin D, and not the kind you get from pouring milk on your cereal either. I probably shouldn't write at all this month, because it will likely only devolve into moaning and carrying on about the weather.

But! There is this. Ellie has discovered the joy of reading. Aunt Wanna (as Ellie calls her), made up some flashcards for her with three letter words on them. She wrote the first letter of each word in blue marker and the last two letters in orange. Ellie put the sounds together in each word and now reads them.

Tonight she propped herself up with a stack of pillows, grabbed my copy of The Dark Divine and my book wedge book light, and looked up at me with her big brown eyes, I'm reading, she says.

What is this word here?

Uh...Puh. Up. It's up. She says this with every confidence that she's right. And you know what? She is.

And just like that she is on her way to decoding the mysterious world of words. I LOVE this part.

15 comments:

Heffalump said...

That is awesome.

Chocolate on my Cranium said...

This is one of my favorite parts of being a mom! Watching their eyes light up when they figure out how to READ.

Kimberly said...

It's such an amazing thing to find other joys when we're deprived of some of our favourites (like warmth and sunshine). I'm so glad for you that the timing worked out like that!

And so eager to see my little girls reach the same stage...

Hewett Gardeners said...

so cute. aunt wanna can sure work miracles. my 4yr old still lacks alaphabet recognition. oh well. priorities :) i also CAN NOT STAND the inversion. very early this morning i told myself it was fog. but it's 10 am now, and who am i fooling?

thanks for the smiles this morning, despite the "fog".

Elizabeth-W said...

That is just fabulous!

myimaginaryblog said...

I am somehow tolerating January a little better than usual (although it's early to say) only because I felt like I needed a break from happy times to catch up on some of the drudgery in my life. And in January I can delve into the drudgery and not feel like I'm missing a thing. In June it would feel almost criminal to be up to my elbows in mending and paper-shuffling.

Crazy logic, I know, but it's working for me.

Tebbs Family said...

How exciting for her! She'll probably need to skip kindergarten, you know...

andrea said...

That is great! My Ellie can't even write her name, and shows no interest in learning how to either! Oh well....

Don't stop writing. Have faith, there's a change coming!!!! Storms, a week of them! So the gunk is on it's way OUT! Granted, we still won't see the blue sky or sun through the clouds and snow falling, but at least our air won't kill us anymore! :)

The view was incredible, the sky a brilliant blue, and the mountains beautiful at the top of Sundance on Friday. :) Worth every cent of that lift ticket!

Anonymous said...

She is such a cutie. What a darling Pic. Kel

Shawn said...

She's so adorable!!
I love it when they are discovering reading---the excitement---the way they sound out words the wrong way---priceless.

kado! said...

that is SO awesome!!

...I'm enjoying the being stuck in the house weather...I'm lazy like that...but I am excited for beach weather...it'll be here soon!!! ;)

tiburon said...

That might be the cutest kid I have ever seen!

Emma J said...

Honestly, this is the moment that gives me shivers and I feel sad that I don't have any little newbie readers hereabouts to see that miracle happen again.

Mrs. Organic said...

Emma J - give it about 6 years or so.

All her cuteness is being stored away for future use - to get her out of trouble when she hits her teens.

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