Reading Together (Ruth’s SOLS)
“Excuse me Mom,” Sam said as we ended a chapter in The Magician’s Elephant. When he talks like this it always makes me smile. I pause and look at him. “You know, I’ve been thinking about Gloria Dump.”
“Gloria Dump?” I raise my eyebrows.
“Yes. Gloria Dump. In Because of Winn Dixie. Do you remember?”
“Yes I remember,” I say, caught a little off guard that he remembered a character from a book we read more than seven months ago.
“I was thinking maybe we could read Because of Winn Dixie again.”
“Ohhh, that’s a great idea,” Stephanie said, “We love that book.”
“Gloria Dump is special, I think,” said Sam, “But I need to hear her again.”
Hannah joined the conversation, “We’re lucky we get to read together. And that we all have the same favorite author. I’m glad you knew about Kate, Mom.”
“Me too,” said Steph, “You really choose good books.”
“Yep,” said Sam, “So after this book let’s read Because of Winn Dixie again. Then maybe another Kate book.”
When they talk like this it makes me smile and my heart skips a beat. Reading together matters. The words get in our hearts, swirl around, and change us. I like how they talk about authors and characters as friends.And after we reread Because of Winn Dixie, I think I’m going to introduce them to another favorite, Sharon Creech. Ruby Holler is calling to us.