Having a good friend is not as common as most people would assume. Yes, we have a lot of people who we would like to call friends but ultimately, they are usually only good acquaintances. Really, when push comes to shove most people who you think "have your back" don't. Now, I don't want you to think that I'm super-negative because I'm not but I am very realistic when it comes to "friendship" because people who I thought were my "friends" ended up not being what they professed to be.
I try to trust people and to let them in but most end up failing me. Do I have high standards? Yes. I also expect people to give like I give. Friendship can't be one-sided. Anyways, that's my soapbox for the day and it's not the point of my blog but I wanted to emphasize that there are some truly awesome people out there who are so thoughtful and kind and think about others and don't have ulterior motives for their acts of kindness.
So, that brings me to Holly and her pigs (the pigs are her three sons). Anyways, my kids(the bears) and I spent last Friday afternoon at her house to visit, knit, play and be merry since all the schools were closed due to H1N1 and were we all healthy.
(this pic is the three pigs and two bears)
During the course of our visit we talked about how I have been working with Sister Bear and Brother Bear on reading and how we've been struggling with what books to read and how to keep captivated. Well, I was in the right place with the right people because her boys LOVE TO READ! We started talking about our favorite series that we read growing up and what books her boys really enjoy. Holly threw a few different books at Sister Bear while we were there to catch her interest and promised that she would put together a collection for her to try.
Well, today Sister Bear got her gift of reading from Holly...and Pig 1. A wide variety of books that we could have found in the library but that special note from Holly makes the intrigue of reading these stories so much better because Sister Bear looks up to Pig 1 and she is more likely to want to read something he has "approved" of. So which book did Sister Bear decide she wants to read first?
Now I haven't heard of Geronimo Stilton but she has and she started reading it right away. The book that I wanted her to pick...and eventually she will get to it is one of my favorites growing up.
I loved reading the Boxcar Children when I was her age. I always wanted to go on their adventures. Heck, that's why I still love to read...I love the adventures that the characters go on, the places they see, the people they meet, the mystery, the romance, the...well, you get the point. I hope that Sister Bear get's the point too!
So, thank you Holly and Pig 1 for helping your friend Sister Bear find a love of reading that I have been struggling to do.
Sister Bear and Brother Bear ready for an adventure...in reading! Actually, trick or treating but this picture was too darn cute not to use...so yes, they dressed up to read. That's my story and I'm sticking to it!