The Reading Mother

Next to teaching them about God, I feel that reading out loud to my children was the best thing I’ve ever done for them as far as their schooling goes. It is a painless way to teach vocabulary, geography, morals and a host of other important things without ever leaving your home. We also have many happy memories that are directly linked with books that we shared together. Strickland Gillian was obviously happy too that he had a mother who read to him.

The Reading Mother
by
Strickland Gillian

I had a mother who read to me
Sagas 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 the 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.

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2 thoughts on “The Reading Mother

  1. I agree with you. I read to my children and now I read to my Grandchildren. Children mind are alive and strong. Need constant motivation. Thank you for your thoughts.

    Hello John. Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog and for leaving a comment. 🙂

  2. I agree with you too! I read to my boys until they were in their teens! Lol! Even though they could read themselves, they still loved to hear me read. It helped put them to sleep. Lol! I agree, too, that it helped them in many areas. God bless you, Sister!

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