The reading sessions of a baby girl

Comfortably installed in her mother’s  blessed womb, she learned the love of books and reading

Vista desde Huaraz Huaraz, Ancash, Perú
Vista desde Huaraz           Huaraz, Ancash, Perú

“You see, madam, if it’s alright with you, I shall illustrate with a small example. A little over a year ago, I gave a book to Camila, as a small present. It was one of the few books that I have in my small library, which I have been gradually adding to, with a lot of effort, and through the years. They are, ultimately, for the kids at the school and meant to help stimulate their reading. The child had signed up for school barely a few of months before. She had learned to read and write so quickly that it both shocked and amazed me. Consequently, I considered it important to motivate her.”

Día de mercado Yungay, Ancash, Perú
Día de mercado            Yungay, Ancash, Perú

“Anyhow, the book I selected for her was, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, the famous British detective. She had already read it and enjoyed it thoroughly. Also, allow me to add, she virtually besieged me with the amount of questions she had in store for me; her inquiries, turned out to be most refreshing and stimulating. Perhaps, you have heard of this book; it is considered a classic of the British Literature.”

“Of course, I have, dear Professor, I have seen her with that book since a while back.” The mother answered laughing happily. “It would seem, they are best of friends. She constantly carries it all over the house. What’s more, many times, she has answered me with that phrase she likes so much: Evidently, my Dear Watson.”

Malecón Río Quillcay Huaraz, Ancash, Perú
Malecón Río Quillcay           Huaraz, Ancash, Perú

“Now, I believe it’s my turn to tell you something interesting.” Camila’s mother remarked. “When I was expecting Camila, my health became a bit complicated, particularly during the last months of my pregnancy. I was a bit old, you might say, to keep on trying to have children. But, what can I say, Professor, hope is the last to die, and that goes for us all, wouldn’t you agree? Accordingly, my Doctor ordered me to rest and take it very easy. Well, he was worse than my Father, you can’t imagine how strict he was about having everyone fuss over me, while I could do nothing for myself, nothing at all!”

“Since I have always enjoyed reading, since I was a little girl, among the many books I read at the time, was precisely that book that you gave to Camila. What would you think, if I told you that I would read it out loud to the baby? Call it intuition or whatever you please, but I was convinced the baby would be a little girl. My, what a chatterbox I’ve turned into this lovely morning. I am so sorry, for I believe that I interrupted you. Please continue, Professor…”

Plaza de Armas Huaraz, Ancash, Perú
Plaza de Armas           Huaraz, Ancash, Perú


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