Little Stoney Brook

And out floated Eeyore.
“Eeyore!” cried everybody.
Looking very calm, very dignified, with his legs in the air, came Eeyore from beneath the bridge.
“It’s Eeyore!” cried Roo, terribly excited.
“Is that so?” said Eeyore, getting caught up by a little eddy, and turning slowly round three times. “I wondered.”
“I didn’t know you were playing,” said Roo.
“I’m not,” said Eeyore.
“Eeyore, what are you doing there?” said Rabbit.
“I’ll give you three guesses, Rabbit. Digging holes in the ground? Wrong. Leaping from branch to branch of a young oak-tree? Wrong. Waiting for somebody to help me out of the river? Right. Give Rabbit time, and he’ll always get the answer.”
“But, Eeyore,” said Pooh in distress, “what can we–I mean, how shall we–do you think if we–“
“Yes,” said Eeyore. “One of those would be just the thing. Thank you, Pooh.”

-A.A. Milne, The House at Pooh Corner

I’ve read all of A A Milne’s works aloud to my children, multiple times.

And we still enjoy quoting it to each other, even though two of them are nearly grown.

Time

Time spent reading aloud together, as well as well as time spent together outdoors , is never wasted. It pays off dividends, in our memory banks. And hopefully, in our children’s memories as well.

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