Jasmine and I made it home safe and sound early last Thursday morning and it’s taken me a few days to reacclimate to my old surroundings, so I’ve been a little slow in getting something posted. You wouldn’t think that a three-hour time difference would cause jet lag, but I think the combination of that and a red-eye flight took its toll on the pooch and me.
We’ve managed to slowly get back in our old walking routine. It’s terrific to have sidewalks again, very little dust and dirt, and no fear of giant moose hiding behind trees (I do kind of miss Mildred though!). Because I no longer need to be as alert as I was in Anchorage I am finally able to listen to a podcast during our strolls. I sure did miss that part of my routine!
I picked my favorite podcast to listen to first, The Readers! I started with Episode 26, Three Generations of Readers. In this episode Simon interviews his Nan, Mom and little sister about their reading habits and their love of books. When Simon asked them about what books they loved as children it got me to thinking about mine.
My mom loved reading and I always remember having lots of books around our house. My mom belonged to the Reader’s Digest Book Club and another club that sold only mysteries, her favorite genre. She also loved a bit of poetry and movie star bios.
When I was little we read a lot of Little Golden Books and Dr. Seuss. (all of which I still have, as my mom and dad saved everything!) When I was older I gravitated towards ‘The Bobbsey Twins‘, ‘The Five Little Peppers‘ and ‘Nancy Drew‘, and in junior high and high school I read mostly non-fiction with a sprinkling of fiction thrown in.
But getting back to childhood books, the books that left a lasting impression on me and were my absolute favorites were ‘The Lonely Doll‘ and ‘Edith and Mr. Bear‘, by Dare Wright. Both of these books were filled with photographs taken by Ms. Wright using her childhood doll Edith.
I loved Edith and the two bears she lived with, Mr. Bear and Little Bear. The posing of these three dolls in various domestic pursuits fascinated and intrigued me and I would reread them over and over again. Finding them in a box a few years ago brought back so many cherished memories and I marveled at the photographs all over again.
A few years ago a biography was written about Wright, ‘The Secret Life of the Lonely Doll: The Search for Dare Wright’. I almost wished I hadn’t read it because it shattered the allusion I had of the beautiful photographer and model pictured on the jacket flap of the book. In reality she had a sad life and a very lonely one. I hope she realized how important her books were to some little girls. I know I’ve never forgotten them!
Are there any books that have remained with you?
- why i love Dare Wright. (ombrenelcielo.wordpress.com)