Monday, September 24, 2007

Oh Magic Hour!

"Oh, magic hour, when a child first knows she can read printed words!"
— A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, 1943
Peyton read her very first book all by herself tonight! I was reading a story to Sommer when all of a sudden Peyton started reading ahead of me. It was like hearing her voice, watching her eyes open and seeing the world unfold in front of her, for the very first time. My heart is soaring. They say that if your child can read, you should thank a teacher, so thank you Mrs. Ngewakl and Mrs. Gabaldon. And, thank you Peyton, for reaching out into the world of the printed word. You are in store for magical journeys beyond anything you could dream.

Another tooth gone and Peyton inches towards the big 7! What a personality she is, confident and thoughtful, quite unlike....

Sommer the Wild Child of Papago

Peyton reading and Sommer trying to listen.


Deece said...

Aw, how wonderful! Seeing the world open up with each new discovery in a child is something amazing.

bigsoxfan said...

Congratulations Boni and Peyton, too. All of my first books are written down on a tiny little file card in my head, except for the first one. You'll have to hold that card for Peyton.

I try like anything to read to the pmpkn, but he is into the grabbing phase. When he relents, we have "wind in the willows" to enjoy together. The door to the world will open soon and when it does they will have the whole world to explore.

Bruce A. Bateman said...

She should have her own Library Card to celebrate.

Boni said...

Thanks guys! Of all my posts, I thought this would generate the most comments, but I was wrong. I think we don't celebrate the truly great things in life like the first time a child realizes she can read! Wouldn't it be a better world if this were news instead of bickering about silly stuff?

I will definitely get Peyton a library card. Read, read, read!

Galvin Deleon Guerrero said...

My son has just started to read and you would have thought that Velma and I were so ecstatic you would have thought that we had won the lottery.

The only downside is that now we can't abridge stories when we read to him at night. Looks like we'll have to read the entire story without falling asleep before he does. A small sacrifice.


Boni said...

You did win the lottery! "Richer than me you'll never be, I had a mommy/daddy who read to me".