While I'd like to tell you it's because I'm consciously trying to foster her sense of independence, it's mostly because I'm tired and I'd rather sit down while she picks out books.
Because she has little to no system for choosing books, we've read lots of inane stories, a couple of weird ones, and some that are so long and downright boring they have no place on a shelf of children's books.
But occasionally we come across a real gem, and it just so happens that a few weeks ago she brought home what's now become my new favorite picture book of all time.
It's called The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes, and it was written by Du Bose Heyward in 1939.
At first glance, it sounds like it's going to be boring, weird, or both.
It's about a bunny who dreams of one day being chosen for a coveted Easter Bunny position, but then she has a ton of babies (rabbits, you know) and presumably her hopes for the future are tossed in the trash like so many dirty diapers.
By now you've probably guessed that I somewhat identify with the bunny. If you want to know what we both do all day, please see the below illustration:
|I've decided I must look like this to every third stranger I meet, which is why I hear "you've got your hands full" 12 times every time we leave the house.|
As the baby bunnies get older, their mom (who is obviously brilliant) teaches them to do chores.
Can I just say that I love chores?
The sight of a bunch of kids working together, not because they're getting paid or because they're playing some clean-up game but just because work is part of life and it's what you do without complaining, never fails to thrill me.
I'm a strict mom, and possibly a sadist.
|I admire this army of tiny workers.|
Eventually they all go to the new Easter bunny choosing ceremony and mother bunny unexpectedly gets called up to the front with alllllll her children.
|This is how my family looks to people at the grocery store who are trying to get past us in the aisle.|
Turns out she's the perfect candidate for the new Easter Bunny, because of the exact same skills she's honed as a mom: she's smart (since she taught the kids to work) and she's fast (since she has to chase after them all the time.)
So she gets to be the newest Easter Bunny, after all.
Her greatest achievements came because she was a mother, not in spite of it.
Though I'm sure some people might see my college degree gathering dust while I chase after 5 runny-nosed children with tissues and think I've wasted my potential, I think I'm becoming the best possible version of myself and there's not a thing I'd change about the size or the timing of my family.
The country bunny goes on to have an Easter adventure that I won't spoil for you, but your kids will probably think it's way cool.
Oh, and the best part? She comes home at the end of it all to a quiet, tidy house where the kids had all done their chores and put themselves to bed.
(Which is probably why this book was put in the "juvenile fiction" section. Because mine would totally be playing their sixth straight hour of Minecraft and/or swinging from the rafters.)
Edited 3/31/16 to add: Wow, I had no idea how many people were going to be asking me how they could get this book! You can find it at Amazon.com by using my affiliate link for The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes. If you shop using this link, the cost is the same to you but I get a little commission for sending you over. Be a pal, eh?