A Dedication to Mother

When Kate Douglas Wiggen wrote the classic, Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm, she dedicated it in this beautiful manner:

To My Mother
Her eyes as stars of twilight fair;
Like twilight's, too, her dusky hair;
But all things else about her drawn
From May-time and the cheerful dawn;
A dancing shape, an image gay,
To haunt, to startle, and waylay.
 -from Perfect Woman by Wordsworth

In the first chapter, Rebecca starts talking about books.  She is 10 or 11 when she says, 

"Oh, I've read lots of books," answered Rebecca casually.  "Father's and Miss Ross's and all the dif'rent school teachers', and all in the Sunday-school library.  I've read The Lamplighter, and Scottish Chiefs, and Ivanhoe, and The Heir of Redclyffe, and Cora, the Doctor's Wife, and David Copperfield, and The Gold of Chickaree, and Plutarch's Lives, and Thaddeus of Warsaw, and Pilgrim's Progress, and lots more. - What have you read?"

Marit read this and said it was just a fun read.  Listen or download the unabridged audio for free:
Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm

And speaking of mothers, here is a post that I wrote around Mother's Day last year about a wonderful book, My Mother is the Most Beautiful Woman in the World.


  1. oh to be that mother in my children's eyes...

    amy in peru


  2. How I love reading dedications. They are like a tendril of hair fallen softly on a forehead.

    Happy Mother's Day!