I just finished Charlotte's Web with my third graders.... for the eighth time. It is not unusual for me to shed a tear as we finish up this book, no matter how many times I have read it. So tender and sweet.
All winter Wilbur watched over Charlotte's egg sac as though he were guarding his own children. He had scooped out a special place in the manure for the sac, next to the board fence. On very cold nights he lay so that his breath would warm it. For Wilbur, nothing in life was so important as this small round object- nothing else mattered. Patiently he awaited the end of winter and the coming of the little spiders. Life is always a rich and steady time when you are waiting for something to happen or to hatch. The winter ended at last.
What great perspective E.B. White offered us through the eyes of a little pig...
Life is always a rich and steady time when you are waiting for something to happen or to hatch.
Yeah... that part made me cry.