If I Could Fly

Even if I could fly, a peregrine falcon’s 200 mph stoop speed wouldn’t get me there fast enough. Not to New Jersey or California at bedtime.

Not in time to read to my grands.

Fortunately, there’s a solution. Allow me to hawk a wonderful site—and tell you how it works for us.

It’s called READEO.COM, and it gives those of us who may be thousands of miles away from the kids we love a way to read picture books together. If you’ve ever tried to read to preschoolers online, you know how challenging it can be to read, pause, turn the book to show illustrations to that faraway kid, AND keep the child ENGAGED, right?

Readeo has solved all that for us.

Most evenings at the east coast littles’ bedtime, their parents and I log on. Kids settle on couch or bed. After we visit or sing for a minute—or five—on FaceTimey screens at the top, we scroll through an inviting collection of age-sorted books (Readeo offers hundreds) to choose the night’s reads. Reminds me of library visits when their dad was young.

And then we dive into the stories. There’s no place I’d rather be, unless it’s by a glowy fire with a child tucked under each arm, books across our laps—with no screens between us.

Readeo’s a hoot with our west coast family, too. Their eldest is reading now, so I settle in and listen while she chooses a story and reads it to her brother and me. I can hear her mama’s sweet voice at that age.

Couldn’t be better.

When the last book cover closes, our goodnight kisses wing toward the camera. I’m pretty sure I feel theirs land.


More winged things (and a sunrise) from earlier this week:


“Live in harmony with one another.”

–Romans 12:16


The way through.

“You are a God who does what is right, and you smooth out the path ahead of them.”

—Isaiah 26:7


When a birthday means birding.



“Is it at your command that the eagle mounts up and makes his nest on high?”

—Job 39:27


Thanks for coming over, friends. So glad you stopped by.

Watching Nature, Seeing Life: Through His Creation, God Speaks

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Love the outdoors? I can take you there. Rural & wild PNW posts and photos from a naturalist, faith writer, and author of three books, including the award-winning novel Sugar Birds. Member of Redbud Writers Guild.

8 thoughts on “If I Could Fly

  1. Dear Cheryl;
    What A Wonderful New Thing. Wouldn’t That Have Been Wonderful When My Grands Were Little!
    Now All Are in late30’s,41,& 50 this Year! Wow I’m Old
    Love To You,Blake And Your Family.


  2. Thank you for recommending Readio! I had not heard of it, but have signed up for a free trial. All five of our grands live 10-15 hours from us in the Northeast, so I’m hoping we might be able to read to all of them simultaneously this way. Trying it out this afternoon for the first time. I so appreciate your writing and your photographs, Cheryl.

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