Mrs. Whatsit

posted Friday March 12th, 2010

I have started calling Sophie Mrs. Whatsit.

It fits with the stream of questions — I prefer the “whys,” though they’re harder to answer, but it’s mostly “whatsits” — pouring out of her all the time, even in her sleep. (Really! Neither of us has been sleeping well; I can hear her talking in her dreams from down the hall.)

Last night found all four of us in the living room at the same time — rare, the television was off but we were all relaxing — listening to chapter three of A Wrinkle in Time.

So we’re all about the more famous Mrs. Whatsit at the moment, as well.

Annabelle’s into it — at least, I think she is. It was hard to tell last night until, a couple pages into chapter three (“Mrs. Which”), she asked if she could take a turn reading aloud. I happily relinquished the book and Ray and I sat quietly, listening to our big little third grader.

Sophie snuggled under my arm, sighing like a puppy right before it turns in circles and falls asleep, and just as her own eyes started to close, she asked, “Mommy, can I read the next chapter?”

Absolutely, I told her, thinking, maybe not chapter four, but someday….

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Tags: Filed under: Down syndrome, first grade, third grade by Amysilverman

One Response to “Mrs. Whatsit”

  1. Can’t wait to reread A Wrinkle in Time. It was one of my favorites. We read The Secret Garden out loud as a family, minus the two year old of course, over Christmas. I always read to E before bed, but that time J and his Dad would sit with us and take turns reading too. There is something about reading it like that that makes a little magic happen.

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