Books, Parenting

The Ordinary Moments- Matilda

‘Matilda’ was my book. 

Reading was my thing.

Bringing a daughter into the world, I had hopes.

And yet, I was caught off guard.

My memory was that I could read, with no recollection of how that came to be.

I have been so proud of CM’s reading journey, knowing that I am the support to her Reception and Y1 teacher who have built the foundation.

This Christmas CM unwrapped the most amazing present, in my eyes, from her grandma.

A gorgeous cushion and an accompanying book, my copy of ‘Matilda’.

And so we sat down to read.Favourite booksIt wasn’t perfect, CM was frustrated by the fantastic Roald Dahl descriptors which tangled her newly found reading skills.Learning to read Roald DahlBut still, to sit with my daughter, to read Roald Dahl. 

My heart brimmeth over.

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    LauraCYMFT
    January 4, 2015 at 16:19

    Aww that’s lovely. My son was an early reader and I loved sitting with him to read Secret Seven books and Roald Dahl books. My daughter is just learning to read and it’s amazing to see them sounding out a word and the achievement when they realise what the word is!

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      Debbie
      January 5, 2015 at 00:41

      Oh don’t! I’m not sure how my heart will cope when the boys start reading as well- it is such a precious time. x

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    Alexandra @dontcallmestepmummy
    January 4, 2015 at 16:37

    That is really precious! Lovely that it’s a book you loved but so much more special that it’s ‘your’ copy. Wow!!! Hope it is treasured just as much, I’m sure she’ll increase her vocabulary no end as she gets her head around those wonderful descriptors;)
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      Debbie
      January 5, 2015 at 00:40

      The one time hoarders should be celebrated! I am so grateful to my mum for holding on to my most treasured books. x

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    Mary
    January 4, 2015 at 18:07

    What a special moment!

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      Debbie
      January 5, 2015 at 00:39

      They seem to creep up from nowhere and grab your heart forever. x

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    Amy @2boys1mum
    January 4, 2015 at 20:28

    Oh how lovely! I can’t wait for moments like these! I love reading to my boys but the joy of them reading to me is a few years away yet. What a lovely post 🙂
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      Debbie
      January 5, 2015 at 00:38

      It crept up on me from nowhere- after years of stashing my favourite books finally they are able to come out from hiding!

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    Lina - Cookies and Cwtches
    January 4, 2015 at 20:47

    I love Roald Dahl books – we’ve read them all over and over again! Love the new blog too 🙂
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      Debbie
      January 5, 2015 at 00:37

      That is so good to know! I have ‘The Twits’ on my shelf which I might have sneaked in a bag from my bedroom at my parents! (It’s not that bad, it’s where the children stopover now). I’m glad you like the blog- it’s been a journey!

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    Katie @mummydaddyme
    January 4, 2015 at 21:23

    Oh this made me feel a little emotional as I cannot wait to read books like this with my girls. They both love reading, especially the eldest one, but they are a little too young for ‘proper’ books yet. I have a list that I just cannot wait to read to them- Roald Dahl being some of them. My absolute favourite childhood book was ‘The Faraway Tree’ by Enid Blyton and I am so excited to read that one to them- I hope it lives up to it’s memory. Matilda is a lovely story and what a precious present. x
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      Debbie
      January 5, 2015 at 00:35

      Enid Blyton inspired so me so much- including my dreams of becoming a children’s book writer. I have no doubt they will live up to memory- but also transport us straight back there- the joy of children! x

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    Carol Cameleon
    January 4, 2015 at 22:10

    Aw and I will be exactly the same when the time comes for our little bear to (hopefully) read Enid Blyton’s ‘The Enchanted Wood’ or ‘The Magic Faraway Tree’. 🙂
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      Debbie
      January 5, 2015 at 00:33

      Oh definitely! I can’t wait for all the joyous concoctions from the Faraway Tree.

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    Jennifer
    January 5, 2015 at 14:27

    Welcome to your new blog home! I love this post, and like you I so enjoy sharing the books that I enjoyed when I was little with my son. He’s not up to reading them himself yet but I like reading them to him. We’ve just started the Chronicles of Narnia and he’s really enjoying it!
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      Debbie
      January 13, 2015 at 22:53

      Thank you so much for stopping by- it took a while for me to build my confidence to take a leap. Wow! I forgot, and now can’t wait to step into the wardrobe with Seren- it’s our local theatre’s 2015 Christmas production, I wonder if we could read them in time! xx

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    Louisa
    January 5, 2015 at 19:40

    What a wonderful gift to share together. My eldest girl had Esio Trot for Christmas and really enjoyed it. (She thinks I don’t know that she is reading Mallory Towers under her covers at night time!)

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      Debbie
      January 13, 2015 at 22:54

      It is wonderful to share, I love the memories of trying to hide reading books from my parents (I imagine they were as pleased as I would be when I catch CM!).

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    Donna
    January 5, 2015 at 23:18

    Oh I loved Roald Dahl growing up and Matilda was one of my favourites. How lovely for your precious book to be kept for so long and passed down for your daughter to enjoy x
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      Debbie
      January 13, 2015 at 22:55

      Hey, less of the ‘so long’ 😉 But yes, it’s times like this I LOVE my mum for her hoarding qualities.

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    Megan - Truly Madly Kids
    January 6, 2015 at 14:03

    Oh what a lovely post! My kids love Roald Dahl – I think my son can recite Fantastic Mr Fox!
    #ordinarymoments
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    Natalie @ Little Jam Pot Life Blog
    January 6, 2015 at 15:38

    Lovely post. We are huge fans of storytime. it’s something so lovely & comforting to be able to share this with your own children isn’t it. x
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