As the 51-year-old mother of a five-year-old, you could say that I’m in tune with the fleeting nature of childhood. When we were all younger, I was often impatient and despairing during endless reading lessons. Now I’ve learned to enjoy the last moments of teaching one of my children to read, especially one who gets so excited over every sound.
When I say that Sophie gets excited about new sounds it’s not an exaggeration. I realize this emotional reaction will soon give way to everyday “do I have to,” but for now I’m struck by the self-congratulation on every letter sounded correctly, every word figured out. She claps her hands or makes a little squeak of excitement every time. It takes longer, but it’s a funny way to spend the time.