Little One and I walked to the library from our new house the other day. The big kids were staying overnight at their Aunt's house. It was peaceful, it was quiet, it was calm. The sun was shining, but the temperature was cool enough for a jacket and windy enough for a hat. Little One played with the puzzles on the kids' table, then picked board books to read to herself on the couch in the kids' area. I sat and waited at a table nearby, watching her, and my eyes fell on a book sitting atop the table. Under the Chinaberry Tree- Books and Inspirations for Mindful Parenting by Ann Ruethling & Patti Pitcher. Mindful parenting, yes, its what I strive for. The book got tucked into my bag to check out and go home with me. I've been reading tidbits here and there as I can catch a moment or two. I like it. I like the soul of it. I also happen to love booklists in pretty much every shape and size. I've added many of the books to Little One's Book List for 2010/2011 that I'm keeping on my local library's website. They have a cool feature that allows you to save and tag books you've searched that the library system owns. Very useful!
The authors of the book run a successful business which started out in Ann Ruethling's kitchen, as I understand it. Their website is chinaberry.com, entitled Chinaberry- Books and Other Treasures for the Whole Family. Their mission statement reads-
Chinaberry offers items to support families in raising their children with love, honesty and joy to be reverent, loving caretakers of each other and the earth.