Much to my delight my 9 year old has become a voracious reader. The consequence; I am now consuming a vast amount of children’s literature as I search for new and exciting novels to encourage the trend while it is here. I am now the indulged and satisfied reader of the entire Harry Potter series ( a lot of very late nights and much devastation and betrayal as I wept over the demise of Dumbledore), I totally absolutely LOVED the Harry Potter world. I have traveled the world with Rangers Apprentice and Brotherband series – I think a kids version of Wilbur Smith and an Australian author as well – yahoo.
Over the last two nights I have read a novel that goes by the title of Wonder by R. J Palacio. As with all incredibly well written stories, I laughed out loud and reached for the tissues. It was very moving and told a story of courage and friendship of many young people. There was a lot of yoga going on with the yama’s and niyama’s being tested and played out in full force as a young boy with severe facial deformities steps into the world of middle school. It reminded me of the importance of respect and self-respect, of honesty, of being brave and speaking my own truth so others can speak theirs. It reminded be to be kind and considerate, to think of others and to reach out when confronted. To smile. To be kind. To be kinder than necessary.