Don't they look happy?
They're being entertained by their big brother, who was reading this:
So it's not the greatest piece of literature. To tell the truth, the writing consists of two riveting words. "No" and "Yes" are the only words needed.
Aside from the greatness of teaching my kids that they shouldn't pick their noses, play in the toilet, eat dog food, or hit their brother over the head with a hammer, RYAN WAS READING IT TO THEM.
Ryan was reading to his brother and sister. He was giggling with them, using proper voice inflection (for his usual newscaster tone, anyway), and allowing them to snuggle him. He was telling them, in full-sentence descriptions, things I used to say to him while reading this book. He read it just like I did, almost to the word.
Yes, it's likely mostly echolalia. But look at that face. He was engaging them, and he was enjoying hearing their responses. He would even do something again if they laughed hard enough!
There are days I wonder how I'm going to do tomorrow. Then there are moments that show me exactly why I wouldn't miss it for the world.
Thanks be to God.
If you'd like to have a copy of Ms. Patricelli's great little book, click here. I don't know her, but her book sure is cool!