With the delivery of a new Little Tim book (by Ardizzone), Batman all excited for me to read it to him, I read it to all three in the few minutes left before their swim classes begin. But as the book is lengthier than just the few minutes I had and as it neared swim class begin time, I began rushing the reading and when Magical asked to read each caption, I showed annoyance at having to slow down and “lose time” fearing not finishing the story before the class began.
WELL. What benefit is there if I just rush through and finish it? Do I get to check it off somewhere and feel a sense of accomplishment? Accomplishing what? For whom?
Thankfully, I recognized what I was doing and quickly slowed down. We didn’t finish, they went off swimming with this unfinished story in the back of their minds. We will pick it back up later – and hopefully, then, after the unfinished story brews in the back of their minds for a time, and when the resolution finally comes, the beautiful story will actually have time to reach their souls. Even if not, we got to enjoy a nice leisurely time of reading and bonding. So all is well.