yRam: Mom, why are you using baby soap for me?
Me: Who said that this is baby soap?
Ram: See, it says on the bottle.
Me: I did not read that Ram. But are you able to read what’s written on the bottle? You can read now?
Ram: Yes amma. I can read three or four letters. But not difficult complicated words. I read by myself when you are not around.
Me: Can you please read to me this evening, that would make me soooo happy!
I love this age and stage when learning is curiosity and not necessity driven. When there are no have to, just want to in a child’s vocabulary. When learning happens naturally and effortless. Ram has been picture walking for the longest time and I have wondered if picture walking had become a crutch that was holding him back from reading words. Even if it were, I think it’s still a good thing because he got to experience the book the way he wanted to. He read the 10 Apples up on top from the first to the last page last night. A smile slipping through the corner of his mouth and a sense of pride glinting in his eyes. Yay Ram, yay to a lifetime of reading…! May your love for the written word last forever.