The Children's Book Quote of the Day

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Light Words February 27, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — Shanna @ 4:25 pm

But it is the way of my people to use light words at such times and say less than we mean.  We fear to say too much.  It robs us of the right words when a jest is out of place. (from The Return of the King by J R R Tolkien)

I love this quote because I identify with it. I’m always thinking of jokes a inappropriate times and getting the giggles in situations that are serious. I think a lot of people are like that. When things get to deep, we reach for humor because it is buoyant; it allows us to float upwards a little.


Lest I go hungry February 26, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — Shanna @ 4:26 pm

Nobody feeds me. I have to get my own living. I live by my wits. I have to be sharp and clever, lest I go hungry. I have to think things out, catch what I can, take what comes. (from Charlotte’s Web by E B White)



Give and give

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kristi @ 9:54 am

“But Elmer,” said an elephant, “you gave your colors to the rainbow. How can you still have them?”

Elmer chuckled, “Some things you can give and give and not lose any. Things like happiness or love or my colors.” (from Elmer and the Rainbow by David McKee)


Laundry February 24, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kristi @ 11:28 pm

I love sitting among the heaps of warm, soft, clean-smelling clothes.

My mom folds. I try to match the socks, imagining them in Heaven:

Cries of surprise, then celebration! Joyful reunions!

(from Tap Dancing on the Roof: Sijo Poems by Linda Sue Park)

I am posting this quote in my ongoing effort to make laundry a more enjoyable task. I feel, though, that I should be completely honest with you about my laundry so here are a few confessions:

1. I almost never match up all of the socks. I start matching them up, get frustrated and then throw them all in the sock drawers, telling myself it was enough that I got them separated by who wears them. Maybe tomorrow I will try imagining them in Heaven so happy to be reunited.

2. I routinely leave a load of laundry in the washing machine long enough for it to smell less than fresh and therefore warrant another washing. By routinely, I mean probably once a week.

3. Even more routinely than the above, I leave a load of laundry in the dryer to wrinkle so that I have to “fluff” it later. The only thing that makes me remove a load from the dryer, if I’m being completely honest, is the need to put another load in.

4. Removing a load from the dryer does not mean it is immediately getting folded.

5. Folding a load does not mean it is immediately being put away.

6. I like laundry the least when I have put it off long enough that there are piles of it in various stages. When it gets to this point, I will hang up wrinkled clothes just to get them out of piles. When we need to wear them, they will be tossed in the dryer to fluff. I never iron anything except sewing projects and curtains.

7. I love laundry the most when Benjamin “helps” me. It takes forever but it is the cutest thing ever. He will pile clothes into a little basket and drag it to his room. He will “fold” clothes with the little flip-and-fold while I actually fold clothes with the big one. I will hand him wet garments from the washer one at a time and he will throw each one into the dryer, close the door, applaud, and then say, “Mama, open, peez. More laundee, peez.”

Laundry offers a lot of life lessons if you want to look for them. You always have a choice with laundry: to do it or not to do it, to do it all the way or to do it half-hazardly. It’s the same with most activities in life–exercise, for example. But I’ve aired enough of my dirty laundry here tonight (no! I take it back–it’s a bad joke. Pretend I didn’t type that!) so I won’t start on exercise confessions.


Sleeping on it February 23, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kristi @ 10:26 pm

Sleeping on a dragon’s hoard with greedy, dragonish thoughts in his heart, he had become a dragon himself. (from The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis)


Breakfast February 22, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kristi @ 10:25 pm

For this meal, people like what they like, the same every morning.

Toast and coffee. Bagel and juice. Cornflakes and milk in a white bowl.

Or—warm, soft, and delicious—a few extra minutes in bed.

(from Tap Dancing on the Roof: Sijo Poems by Linda Sue Park)


It’s all good

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kristi @ 11:13 am

No matter what you step in, keep walking along and singing your song….because it’s all good. (from Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes by Eric Litwin)

Benjamin got this wonderful book for his birthday from Aunt Connie. If you love picture books, you will love this one. And here’s an extra special treat, the author performing the story for some children:

What a fun story and what a great reminder for the times we really step in it!