One of my favorite books about mothering is Verses of Virtue - The Poetry and Prose of Christian Womanhood, compiled and edited by Elizabeth Beall Phillips of the Vision Forum. If ever there was an inspiring, beautiful book extolling the virtues of motherhood, this is it! There's a particular poem in the book that I would like to share with you. I've given copies of this poem to all the young moms in my neighborhood, and always recite it when I speak (in public) to homeschooling friends.
Although my own mother didn't homeschool us, she was (and is) a great mom. How could I forget when she would read to us? We would snuggle beside her, listening attentively to every intonation and pause. Often, she would exaggerate the pause before turning the next page -- increasing our anticipation of what might happen next. She had wonderful voice inflection, an expressive (Italian - need I say more?) personality, and natural enthusiasm, making her a great reader.
So, sit back & enjoy a beautiful poem ---
THE READING MOTHER by Strickland Gillian
I had a Mother who read to me
Saga of pirates who scoured the sea,
Cutlasses clenched in their yellow teeth,
"Blackbirds" stowed in the hold beneath.
I had a Mother who read me lays
Of ancient and gallant and golden days;
Stories of Marmion and Ivanhoe,
Which every boy has a right to know.
I had a Mother who read me tales
Of Gelert the hound of the hills of Wales,
True to his trust till his tragic death,
Faithfulness blent with his final breath.
I had a Mother who read me things
That wholesome life to the boy heart brings ---
Stories that stir with an upward touch,
Oh, that each mother of boys were such!
You may have tangible wealth untold;
Caskets of jewels and coffers of gold.
Richer than I you can never be ---
I had a Mother who read to me.
Enjoy the day, & keep reading!