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Real Bedtime Stories Give That Tucked-in Feeling

April 29, 2009

Submitted by: Candace May

A new consultant named Kelly said to me recently, “Ever since you told me about Heritage Makers I just feel sad reading my kids storybooks at bedtime.” She went on to explain, “As I read about princesses and such, I think to myself how they should be hearing the stories of their grandparents. I can’t wait to get those books written.”

Kelly’s words inspired me. Tonight I told my girls they could pick a storybook out of the basket in their room. But after that story we would get to read a storybook about daddy’s grandma and mommy’s grandma. We finished the cute book about monsters and delved into the books on their great-grandmothers. First, we let Gabi (age 2) point to her grandpa’s photo and we explained that this story was about grandpa’s mommy. And she pointed out the image of “Emma” and declared proudly, “This is my poppa’s mommy.”

I only read the part in the book about when Emma was young-how her family couldn’t afford toys and how they played with bones left over from boiling in the soup pot. The long bones were fences and the short bones were the pigs and horse. The children learned about what life was like 90 years ago.

Then we read about my grandmother’s childhood. When I wrote the book, years ago, I did not intend for it to be so funny; but it was. It really showed my grandmother’s humor and zest for life. For example, my grandma liked to play a game when she was little called “Uncle Apley Come Pack a Woo Woo Home.” That alone made Ryleigh (age eight) laugh so hard I thought she was going to have an accident.

Once Ryleigh got control of herself we read the next story that sent her into fits of laughter again. Ryleigh Ruth was named after this amazing, fun-loving woman. I wonder how Ryleigh felt when I tucked her into bed tonight. I think she had that special “tucked in feeling” that comes from the magic of reading and sharing Heritage Makers storybooks.

Happy storybooking everyone!