One of my fondest memories of my grandmother, Nana is when she would tell me a bedtime story. Nana always created the most interesting stories. Every bedtime story was different but they always began with a little girl embarking on an amazing adventure. I loved listening to her stories. She was and still is a great story teller.
Our bedtime ritual with Lil' C has always been a special time. When he was a baby, I would put on Juan Luis Guerra's "Como Abeja Al Panal" and dance with him until he fell asleep. As Lil' C got older, I started to read him various bedtime stories. Loved having him snuggle up against me as he sucked on his bobo (pacifier) & listened intently to various bedtime stories. One of his favorite stories was "Doggies". He loved that book so much he chewed and eventually ripped out most of the pages! haha I did replace the book but as his attention span grew so did his book collection... which meant more time for cuddling and bonding.
Lil' C no longer has a bobo but is now incredibly attached to his blanket which is always near him when we read bedtime stories. Right now my favorite bedtime story is "The Boy Who Grew Flowers". The story is about a boy who is shunned at school because he sprouts flowers all over his body. When a new girl who appreciates his unique talent comes to school, he begins to develop a liking to her and makes her a special gift. I won't tell you anymore as to not spoil the story but it's truly magical. Here is my favorite excerpt:
"Rink imagined her dancing. He thought that thought so long, and the feeling deep inside him was so pleasant, that even though the full moon had not yet risen, he sprouted a bunch of wild pink roses from the top of his head."
I choose all of Lil' C's bedtime storybooks with great care and hope one day he will share these treasures with his own children and enjoy this special bonding time as much as we do.
For more bedtime stories, check out this week's Sunday Scribbles.