“If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.” – Oscar Wilde
I can’t begin to count the number of times that I have read The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. I believe that I was in the fifth grade the very first time that I escaped from reality into the world of that secret English garden. When I allow my mind to wander there, I can still inhale the scent of flora and early morning fog. My ears still perk up at the sound of a small bird chirping a happy tune. My heart always hopes that it is Robin, the symbolic gatekeeper. Like Mary, I am enchanted by Robin’s merry tune and the prospect of revealing the garden’s hidden secret.
“Mistress Mary forgot that she had ever been contrary in her life when he allowed her to draw closer and closer to him, and bend down and talk and try to make something like robin sounds.” –The Secret Garden
My love of escaping into a novel was nurtured by the many wonderful educators who blessed me with the gift of knowledge. Their influence no doubt played an important role in my decision to become an educator. I feel alive in a classroom. When I teach, I know that I am doing exactly what God designed me to do.
Knowing all of that, it might seem odd that I made the decision to come out of the classroom and step into the role of reading specialist. I have not made a blog post this school year because I have been adjusting to me new role. I am pleased to announce that I love it.
I will begin to blog about my experience in this new role, share resources that I find or designed, and share victories that I encounter on this journey. I thank God and Tallapoosa County Schools for giving me this opportunity.