Monday, November 17, 2014

Night light






I often spend Friday evenings alone with the GB while her brother attends his weekly guitar lesson. The Bear takes him more often than I do, which is for the best since he plays the guitar himself and can sit in on the lesson and help the LB at home. I really look forward to my Friday nights with the GB. We don't get much time alone together, especially now that she goes to school on the same schedule as her brother. I miss having her around but sometimes I'm relieved for the break too; she's my talkative child and will hold forth on many topics. She and her brother are very different; he's quieter, more contemplative. I love having a pigeon pair; I'm very thankful to have been given the chance to raise one of each.

On Friday night, we spent a good hour sitting on the couch together in the dark. She loves to be in the dark. I think she finds it easier to relax and unwind. She wants to curl up in a blanket and talk, or sing, or do some of each. She told me about her day, which was chock-full of adventure. She can find fun anywhere, this one. We stared out the window toward the mountain, searching hard for the tram cars; you can just see the lights on them, flickering a bit in the cold air. She decided to read to me and picked a children's poetry book which used to be mine. She wanted to keep the lights off so she read to me by flashlight. She read the entire book aloud. She has become an excellent reader. We talked some more when she was done and soon it was time for bed. The house was quiet after that. I made some tea and waited for the menfolk. I'd read that book, with its simple poems and monochromatic watercolor illustrations, many times before. But I'd never read it by flashlight. My girl showed me something new.

40 comments:

  1. What a special memory this post holds for you to look back on in years to come! Have a beautiful week, x

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  2. Such a lovely, memorable experience for you both.

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  3. A very special moment caught on camera! <3

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  4. Sounds like so much! I haven't read by flashlight since I was a kid myself! Then again, I don't think my middle-aged eyesight could cope :-D x

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  5. Trust a child to help you see things in a new light, Jennifer. :-) A lovely post.

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  6. Children can always make the familiar into something new. This was a lovely post Jennifer.
    Leanne xx

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  7. Oh I love that special moment. I find it easier to relax too with the lights off and just relaxing with only a book.

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  8. What a lovely cosy moment. It's often hard to find time for one-to-one time isn't it, but it makes it all the more special when it does arise. My littlest boy asked me if we could just sit for a bit this evening. So we did. We curled up together while the middle boy was out, and the biggest boy came and curled up with us too, and all was peaceful. Next time I shall suggest we do it in the dark. CJ xx

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  9. Lovely lovely post Jennifer :) Your children are very lucky to have you as their Mummy :)
    Jillxo

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  10. Such a special memory and special time together. I used to try to spend some time with each son alone, to give them individual attention sometimes rather than my attention being divided between the two.

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  11. Isn't it wonderful when they show us something new!! She is adorable and how outstanding to have this one on one time with her!! Such a sweet blessing!!! Happy week you!! Nicole xo

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  12. How delightful, Jennifer. A love of reading is one of the best gifts we can give to children, and it seems you have certainly achieved that. Wonderful memories to hold dear.

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  13. A precious time. Thanks for sharing, Jennifer :)

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  14. That last photo is one to cherish... How beautiful...
    I think you have a very special little girl - not many children would love to spend time in the dark ! I don't know why, but something tells me she will grow up to be a véry strong woman...

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  15. Special moments to be treasured. P x

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  16. Your have really great kids, and they have a great mom x

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  17. Oh so lovely Jennifer special times together xo

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  18. It sounds like a lovely time together, and how great that while GB is having new experiences you are too! xx

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  19. Special memories of a wonderful time together.

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  20. Thanks for sharing with us your special time with your daughter. It's wonderful!

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  21. Children are wonderful for seeing something entirely differently, and being able to share it too. :) x

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  22. Such treasured moments. I remember sitting in the dark with my mum as a child with just the glow from the fire for light.

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  23. Isn't it nice to have some special time with one child only? This is such a lovely post Jennifer, it is warming my heart. x

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  24. Such a special time with you daughter......I love the moments with young children like this, when you go with the flow and their ideas make something unique. It is lovely that you spend time like this while she is young, storing up memories.
    Helen xox

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  25. Such a wonderful, special way to spend some alone time with your daughter! Like her, I like sitting in the dark, too. In fact, it is dusk here now and I'm sitting in the dark living room with no lights on, using my laptop. When it gets a little darker, I'll just turn on a side lamp. I hate overhead lights. Your photos are so beautiful too, by the way.

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  26. This is such a sweet post you have written. It made me think of those precious moments my oldest daughter and I have together. Reading by flashlight is such a clever idea, from a clever girl 😊

    Great post Jennifer,
    Birgitta xx

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  27. What a wonderful time you had together.
    Love this post Jennifer.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  28. Yes, I cherish one on one time with each of my girls. They are all SO different! Our children make our world incredible don't they? Lovely, thoughtful post! xoxoxo Jen

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  29. Our children teach us how to look at the world differently. They're truly special. And, the things they know, and questions they ask - sometimes blow my mind.
    Sorry I haven't visited for a while, but I'm recuperating after an operation. I'm sure I'll be back to speed soon though.
    Hope all's well with you and your wonderful family.
    Jill x

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  30. How fun! I love when kids introduce a child's view to an adult. It's truly an experience!

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  31. Oh so sweet! You write so beautifully -- I wish my boys were little again!

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  32. Such wondeful moments. memories to treasure, hope it's not too cold where you are, bad weather in US made it onto the uk news today, keep warm
    clare xx

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  33. Beautiful post Jen. My girls have been experiencing the dark at the cabin and they find it fascinating. Jo x

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  34. That's lovely! Reading by torchlight is so thrilling when you're little, I'm glad you got to share this special moment together. x

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  35. Aw that's beautiful Jennifer precious quality time with your daughter a memory to cherish. I remember I used to read by torchlight too under my bedcovers so my mother wouldn't catch me reading when I should have been sleeping. :) xx

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