Here we are, first Sunday of the month again and time to join in with Sian's meme - Storytelling Sunday 3, Pick Your Precious.
I was sitting in the garden with Penny and we were trying to think of
something for me to write about this weekend. My first idea was not
coming together, perhaps for another day. We were enjoying the sunshine
and it reminded me of all the times I spent in the garden with both Ben
and Penny when they were little. We did lots of things together, but
the most memorable, and one that Penny has also just written about for
an autobiographical assignment at Uni, (and that has been accepted for
publication in an online magazine called 'Breath & Shadow') was
reading to them.
I would put up the two man tent and the three
of us would settle down inside on top of old sleeping bags. We would
have the doors tied back so that we could see into the garden and so
that Conan and Missy, our two cats, could wander in to join us. I would
then be given a book to read to them. We read the Animorphs series, we
ventured into the World of Crestomanci and we explored and battled with
Lyra and Will in His Dark Materials trilogy (Northern Lights, etc). I
would read the books over the long 6 weeks of the summer holidays whilst
the children lay next to me, engrossed in the stories but able to play
on their Game Boys at the same time!
As they grew older Ben spent
less time with us and eventually we stopped putting up the tent and I
would sit on a sun lounger, Penny would lie on a blanket on the grass
next to me and we carried on, just the two of us.
memories are precious to me. We sacrificed quite a lot in order for me
to be a SAHM but it was something I was more than happy to do, not just
for the children, but also to give myself such wonderful memories.
felt so warm inside when I read Penny's autobiographical piece on how
she has such happy and wonderful memories of this time and that it is so
precious to her too. In fact, we obviously got so wrapped up in our
stories that we never got to take any photos of us together in the tent.
The closest Penny and I could find, after searching the albums all
afternoon was this one of the two of them settling down for a night's
camping in the garden. As you can see, there are books with them and if
the tent is up we would have spent a Storytelling Afternoon together
before they went to bed!
I hope you have enjoyed my little tale. For more stories please hop on over to Sian's blog where you will find links to lots more.