The Reading Mother is one who delights in the look and feel and smell of books. The Reading Mother is one who delights in reading novels and short stories and history and poems and anthologies and just about any other worthy book she can get her hands on. The Reading Mother is one who delights in reading to anyone who will listen—children and teens and others dear to her. The Reading Mother is one who delights in the words on the page and the ideas they express. The Reading Mother is one who delights in sharing those words and ideas with everyone around her. The Reading Mother is one who is pursuing a life well-read for herself and those around her.
Years ago, I reserved The Reading Mother. I’ve had many ideas for how I wanted to use it. I’ve been collecting ideas and links for ages. I’ve been waiting on the time and the inspiration to write my “inaugural” post. And there’s the rub—time and inspiration has proved quite elusive. So, I decided to just jump in with a few brief thoughts.
First, let me introduce myself. I am mostly discipula – disciple, student. And out of that, magistra – teacher. Both of these subordinate to marita – a happy-beyond-my-deserving wife of one, and mater – mother of six (plus two) and avia to one darling little grandson. But above and over and around and far beyond all of this, dilecta Dei – beloved of God, a truly unfathomable and undeserved grace only through the mercy of our Savior.
All of these callings will inform what happens here. The Reading Mother will most certainly be inextricably connected with Cottage Press, my classical education curriculum offerings. But I also want it to be a more personal place of reflection and exhortation and collaboration with other reading mothers of all ages – maybe even reading future mothers. Of course, reading fathers and reading future fathers are welcome too!
So many more things to say, but for the sake of brevity, I’ll end with this.
The Reading Mother seeks to . . .
live all of life in grateful joy and wonder to be dilecta Dei,
join the Great Conversation in the pursuit of a life well-read, and
bring along kindred souls, beginning with my children, and their children, and their children . . .