When I was little I remember my Mom reading Love You Forever to my siblings and I. Now that I'm an adult and have moved away from my Mom, I don't think I can get through the book without crying so I haven't carried on the tradition with Zoe -- yet. I'm still working on that one..
Another book I remember really well was Lambert the Sheepish Lion. This book was read by my Dad and we would beg him to read it over and over. Why, you may ask? Well, cause when Lambert finally found his roar my Dad made the best lion roar ever -- and it scared the mess out of my little brother every. single. time. =)
A couple days ago I went to the Salvation Army and found three fun kids books that were in excellent condition! I love finding older books there to add to Zoe and Max's collection. One was a collection of children's stories such as The Emperor's New Clothes, The Sleeping Beauty, Aesop's Fables, King Arthur and His Noble Knights.. just to name a few. Another book I found was called Fly High Fly Low and another one I found was simply called Shapes.
We settled for Shapes that night and this is the expression we got for every page. =) I think she enjoyed it!
When I listen to Paul read Zoe and Max bedtime stories I can't help but find myself going back in time sitting around in a circle with my brothers and sisters. I see myself wearing my Lion King nightgown.. my brothers in their Lion King footy pajamas.. listening to Mom or Dad read our favorite stories.. giggling while we anticipate the roar that is going to make Philip bawl.. I remember happiness, content, peace.
I'm excited to help Zoe and Max have some of the same memories that I have of my childhood! They'll only get better the older they get!