Friday, January 4, 2013
Noah Pozner: stories
Every day the girls and I sit down on the couch and read aloud from a wonderful series of books a dear friend sent us. It is the story of Ivy and Bean, two little girls who become best friends against the odds and go on to have all kinds of adventures. Sophia and Arielle love these girls. From the get-go, they each picked one as their avatars and started to live vicariously through them. They now prefer reading that story to once-favorite activities such as watching kids' shows or movies. I don't know where the series will take us (there are six books in all and we have only reached the end of book two) but I can already see it working its magic. Ivy and Bean are learning to be a twosome, Arielle and Sophia too. They have started to knit over the huge hole that the loss of Noah has created in the fabric of their lives by tightening the bonds that exist between them.
Such is the power of books that this one is helping them cope with one of life's most horrible tragedies. Noah was an excellent reader: I don't know that he would have liked that particular series since both characters are girls. Maybe even Arielle and Sophia wouldn't like it as much if Noah was still with us. They were first and foremost a threesome and a very strong one. But today the story is serving a purpose and I love it. I can imagine Noah sitting quietly near us, absent and yet so very present, taking it all in with his big pensive eyes, rejoicing at the path his sisters are taking.