40 Things (16)

1st edition cover (Methuen)
Now We Are Six Image via Wikipedia

Following along with Boof’s 40 Day Challenge leading up to her 40th birthday, her 16th topic is:

16) A favourite book from childhood

Oh my.  I had a lot of favorite books when I was younger.  I’ve mentioned a few – “Now We Are Six” by A.A. Milne, and “A Wrinkle in Time.”  I loved the Trixie Belden series (more contemporary than Nancy Drew), I loved “The Secret Garden” and “Mandy.” “Island of the Blue Dolphins,” the Little House on the Prairie books, and books about The Littles.  I remember learning to read with Dick and Jane books (I even loved their little stories!).  I loved reading Aesop’s fables and Grimm’s fairy tales.  I was never without a book, even then.  When I went to see relatives, they would ask my mom to have me leave my books at home.

So to pick one is difficult.   Because I still have the book on my bookshelf and love to get it out when little ones are over (and love to give it as a gift to all six year olds I know), I am going to choose “Now We Are Six” by A.A. Milne.  I loved the stories told in rhyme and the lightheartedness of them.

#16 on my list was to “Watch movies from 1968” (the year I was born).  This was a fascinating challenge!  I ended up starting with “Funny Girl” and watched quite a few movies from that time period.  There were a lot of BAD movies made that year (see Barbarella) but lots of fun movies, too!  It was an interesting time… and a challenge that I loved.

Off to read!







Poetry Month

magnetic poetry
Thankfully mine isn't in a pile like this. Image by surrealmuse via Flickr

I have always loved poetry!  When I was young, my aunt gave me the book, “Reflections on a Gift of Watermelon Pickle (Put Up One Summer by Felicity)” and there was hardly a poem in there I didn’t love.  Somewhere along the line I lost the book – but the miracle of the internet and online shopping put it back in my hands a few years ago.  I still love the poems in there – some even more now.  The poems are mostly light and humorous, but there were some heavy and meaningful ones, as well.

I still have the book, “Now We Are Six” by A. A. Milne, which was given to me when I was six (by the same aunt) – and those poems are precious and fun as well.  It is a favorite gift for any six-year old in my life.  Such fun poetic stories about King John or The Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Thief.  And of course, Pooh.

I also still have the “Poetry Books” we created in 9th and 10th grades, probably for National Poetry Month.  They are construction paper covers with pictures cut-out from magazines and greeting cards taped on the typing paper.  No clip-art or fancy graphics available to me in 1985.  But the poems I included were from “Now We Are Six” and “Reflection on a Gift…”, as well as from teen magazines – those sappy love or friendship poems found at the back of the issue!  I wrote a few as well, including a few limericks.

Lately, the most interesting things I’ve written are a few haikus.  They are a lot of fun.  I have great memory of sitting outside on my deck on a hot Memorial Day weekend with my cousin (that aunt’s daughter) reading and writing haikus.  I think many of them are lost, but I still have the book that was the inspiration. I also still have several versions of magnetic poetry around – I just love words!

I lost a lot of books in the flood, but I am thankful for these favorites that were on a shelf high enough to be saved!

Here is a favorite from “Reflections..”  I hopefully will post more favorites in the month of April.  I just love poetry.  🙂

Well, off to read!

Advice to Travelers

    by Walker Gibson

A burro once, sent by express,
His shipping ticket on his bridle,
Ate up his name and his address,
And in some warehouse, standing idle,
He waited till he like to died.
The moral hardly needs the showing:
Don’t keep things locked up deep inside —
Say who you are and where you’re going.