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Books and stories…

Over the weekend I was blessed by spending time with my 2 year old grandson and it became apparent to me that his two favorite activities are running and having books read to him. Maybe no surprise since his mother has run the New York, Boston and most recently the Chicago Marathons and his grandma is a librarian! However, I would like to believe that because he is an Indian boy, running just comes naturally and that Indian children learn of life lessons and teachings through storytelling… but that’s just me! As we approach the season of the year when many Indian tribes traditionally used storytelling to entertain and teach the children along with maintaining culture and traditions, I am reminded of how important stories are in our lives and how that relates to books and reading. Sitting with my grandchild and reading out loud to him from one of his many books, I could see how his imagination is stimulated by not only the words, but from the illustrations in the books. But more importantly, he is being read to by someone who loves him dearly and wants him to learn about life in the most positive way. Reading to a child requires one significant aspect…time. Someone once asked, how do you spell love? The answer was T-I-M-E. In this fast paced society we live in, where the written word is becoming available more through electronic means than hardcopy, let us take a moment and consider something we can do that may help our children grow up with a stronger and healthier outlook on life. Take the time to read to a child. If you don’t have a child to read to, find a children’s book and donate it to the Denver Indian Center and we’ll find a good use for it. If you don’t have a child to read to and can’t find a children’s book, pick up a book and read it yourself! We may not return to the days of oral tradition and storytelling in the wintertime as a way of preparing our children for life, but we can read stories and stimulate the thirst for knowledge, insight and entertainment through books. If you are looking for an interesting book to read, consider “Killers of the Flower Moon” by David Grann, or “There, There” by Tommy Orange. I won’t tell you what they’re about, you’ll have to READ the book.


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