It is my favorite cozy: snuggled in with a grandson, listening to him read. When Noah sounded out the word “before” we took a detour.
Oh, I love be- words; I actually collect them, I said.
Yes, let me show you!
I grabbed my journal. I am burdened with an insatiable urge to show-and-tell.
Be- words delight me, I explained. So when I spot one, I write it down.
Later, when all the rest of the house was napping, I watched Noah cut and paste. He decided to make a little booklet. Well, now. Here’s something even I could help with. We could make you a be- book, I shamelessly suggested.
He started scanning every Bob Book in his possession, not the best place to find vintage words. But he found a few! I didn’t quibble about words that began with be that weren’t the prefix be- e.g. Benjamin, best, bend. One has to start somewhere.
When Noah loaded up to go to Safeway with Papa, he grabbed his book and a pen in case he found some more be- words. They found themselves in the beer section (a word he missed!) when Noah backed up into a stack of whiskey. It’s what they call in literature a destabilizing event. Curt threw out his hands trying to steady the waving bottles, mentally calculating the cost of this quick trip to the store. Fortunately, none fell.
But, suddenly, Noah is sitting on the floor with his book in front of him, writing down “Beam.” Few lessons could be found in a more unlikely location.
The next day Noah told Aunt Lindsey about his book. The first words out of his mouth were, Well, I love be- words. Like boat and baseball and balance? she asked. No, b-e- words like before and below. His younger brother Levi chimed in, I love be- words, too! What is your favorite? she asked him. Begin! What is your favorite? she asked me. I looked at her, a vibrant newlywed, and smiled. Beloved.
The Best yet! Noah will benefit greatly with a grandmother like you!
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What a BEnefit to have a grandma like you!
(p.s. you have darling grandchildren)
Being a nana is the best! New Beatitude: Blessed are the grandparents for they shall behold the behavior of budding scholars/grandchildren. Such adorable grandsons you have and what a benefit you are to them. Keeping you (and your husband) and family in our prayers, jep
Lovely post and a great idea to have a little BE book!
Carol, you are the be’s knees.