“Beth was too bashful to go to school; it had been tried, but she suffered so much that it was given up, and she did her lessons at home…”
Last week, Riley and I were at the library, and in a valiant effort to restrain myself from choosing for her, I asked what book she would like to read as part of her homeschooling. She thought about it for a moment and said, “I’d like to read Little Women.”
My heart leapt with joy. I wasn’t aware Little Women was even on her radar! My mind blanked in all the excitement and I said out loud, “Let me think of the author….”
Riley said, “Louisa May Alcott.”
I stood back and let her find it on the shelf, something I would normally do for her because we’ve always been rushed for time. I’m doing a lot of that these days, and Riley beams with pride over her new sense of independence.
Everyday, we snuggle in her bed, (the comfiest bed in the whole house BTW), and we read Little Women out loud, and we stop after each chapter and discuss it.
And Riley’s eyes sparkle.
And Jingle sighs.
And I feel certain we’re doing the right thing.