Today is April Fool’s Day – but this is no April Fool’s joke. (even though – hmm – playing one on you would have definitely been fun!)
Instead I noticed a challenge on line to parents to read a poem a week to your child during the month of April – for April happens to be National Poetry Month.
They suggest reading the same poem each day for one week; a different poem chosen for each week of April.
I love that idea.
For me poetry was a part of my life as a child that I treasured. I had several children’s illustrated anthologies of poems that I read though over and over again. And to this day, they resonate – “My Shadow”, “I must go down to the sea again”, ” I think that I shall never see – a poem as lovely as a tree”,”Who has seen the wind?” , “Wynken, Blynken, and Nod one night”.
It was the rhythm and the flow that enchanted me – and became warmly familiar and comforting.
Repetition of a poem shares its impact most. So during dinner, before bed, take this week’s poem choice out and read it aloud. By the end of the week, it will be a friend, it will make a connection between you.
You can find children’s poems easily on line – or better yet, choose a poem you remember.
And see what happens – in 30 days, it might just turn into the biggest April Fool’s trick yet- for who knew – sharing poems could be so special.