We’re finally getting scholastic at work thanks to some of my very ambitious and hard working colleagues! When I was a child I LOVED scholastic! I would bring home the two page selections of the month clutched in my chubby fist in the eager anticipation that my parents would let me buy a book. Mercer Mayor books (the little critter series) and Robert Munsch being two of my favorite authors when I was a child. I loved when the box would arrive and would dash home to get my poppa to read me a story.
I loved to read when I was a child and as an adult that’s a love that has carried with me through the years. So you can imagine my nostalgia excitement when the opportunity was presented to order it through work. It was surreal, instead of sitting in the staff room it was almost as if I was transformed back 25 years sitting in class ogling over the paper dreaming about what book I wanted. Except this time I didn’t have to ask mom & dad for a cheque, I could write my own! There were squeals of delight from all of us as we all seemed to be thrown back in time with the teachers picks selection which included some classic literature that we all had enjoyed as children.
So I ordered the giving tree by Shel Silverstein
Well it came in on Friday (hooray!) and I took it home and was looking forward to having dinner with Pete and showing him my book! So there we were sitting on my couch and we were talking and I asked him to pass me the book that was beside him. He says:
“looks like a children’s book”
“It is, but it’s classic literature and I love it! Have you ever read it?”
“OMFG Really? I LOVE this book! I did a video based on this in grade 9!”
So I gave him the gist of the story and opened it up so he could see and much to my surprise and delight we sat on my couch side by side and he read it to me.
Yeah I know, makes your heart melt doesn’t it?
Halfway through he said this is going to be sad isn’t it? I know it’s going to be sad. I assured him that it was nothing of the sort and to just keep going, somehow I knew that he would love this book as much as I did.
I was right.
After the last page was read, he buried his head in my shoulder and all was quiet for a while. The meaning of the story is profound to some and I knew that it was as profound to him as it is to me.
Could I adore this guy any more then I do now?
I also ordered where the wild things are and he was very cute with his exclamation of: I LOVE THIS BOOK!
Me too babe, me too.