Celebrating Time to Read

One of the lovely things about Christmas break is the gift of time. Time for family. Time for friends. And even time for you. Time for me equals time to read.

I read a lot during this break, but I’ll focus on a couple of favorites. I reread Ruth’s Enticing Hard-to-Reach Writers. I reflected back to the summer when I heard Ruth speak at All Write. Although we were in an auditorium, it was an intimate, personal experience. Ruth opened her heart and shared her story. You feel that same closeness and honesty when you read her book.

Ruth writes “For many kids, teachers are the last hope for healing.” She offers encouragement for teachers to be “faithful and fearless” and challenges us to “Press on, brave teacher.” She cites research and tells her own experiences as a mother and teacher to show the need and the possibility of meeting the need. She gives us practical ideas for the classroom. She helps us believe we can reach the hard-to-reach. We can do what draws so many of us into teaching- make a difference.

Another book I read this week was Forever, or a Long, Long Time by Caela Carter. This novel is the story of a sister and brother who are adopted from foster care. It is a perfect fiction companion to Ruth’s book. It illuminates the inner thoughts of children who come from hard. We see the same kind of healing steps from adoptive parents, a caring teacher, and other caring adults. Their past so traumatized the siblings thought of themselves as “Onlys,” the only ones who were not born. Throughout the book, they reveal the many theories they came up with to explain how they got here. In the end, they go on a search for their true beginning with their adoptive mother. And the sister says, “We come from the places where things get stuck and hidden and lost…but people love us anyway.”

What a thought. As teachers (parents, family members, friends…) our love can reach the hard-to-reach. We can help them know they can revise their hard stories.

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12 Responses to Celebrating Time to Read

  1. Leigh Anne Eck says:

    As I was reading the introduction to Ruth’s book, I felt like she was reading it again just like at All Write. It was quite a moment. The other book you mentioned sounds good also. I think it is so important that we, as teachers, understand where these kids are coming from. I know I have many who are just like this. We must continue to love in order to “reach the hard-to-reach.” Going to see if our library has that book! Thanks for the rec. And Happy New Year, Diane!

  2. Lisa Keeler says:

    I love that you have had and are celebrating time to read Diane. I’m interested in both books you mention above, especially Ruth’s.

  3. Ruth Ayres says:

    Oh, Diane! Thank you for your sweet words. I’m glad my book is worth your time. Thank you so much for being a source of encouragement. Your light shines strong.
    Hugs,
    Ruth

  4. jarhartz says:

    The best gift at this time of year is time. Time to read and reflect. I’ve put the novel on my to be read list. It does sound like the perfect companion to Ruth’s book. Funny how one seems to be attracted to similar themes.

  5. lindabaie says:

    I agree, Ruth’s book is the true story behind the fictional “Forever Or A Long Long Time”. I’ve shared both with former colleagues, wishing they would pass them forward too. How nice you had the time over break to read these good books, Diane. Happy New Year!

  6. crbrunelle says:

    Yes, the time is a lovely gift. Happy New Year!

  7. Terje says:

    Time is the best gift, especially when well spent in a good company, both people and books. Happy New Year!

  8. cvarsalona says:

    Diane, Ruth’s words:“For many kids, teachers are the last hope for healing,” make me recall the many children lacking hope that I taught. It is for those children that the climb is hardest and for those children we march on. Enjoy your pathway through 2018!

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