Happy Free-Reading New Year’s Eve! Pardon my absence over the past few weeks. I’ve been on something of a reading binge. Among other books I’ve reread some childhood favorites.
On a recent trip to Seattle, we visited a favorite consignment shop. I didn’t make any purchases this time, although I found a chair I’d have loved to have. It would have been difficult to load it onto the plane for the trip home.
While checking the book section, I noticed a familiar title–Five Little Peppers and How they Grew by Margaret Sidney. It was my very first chapter book when I was about seven. My own well-worn copy was lost long ago–accidentally donated with the remains of a garage sale. I didn’t purchase this particular volume. If it had been the edition I had owned as a youngster, I would have snatched it up in a minute; but I already had a replacement copy back home.
I had already planned to reread Five Little Peppers and How They Grew from the perspective of an adult. Back home, it seemed like a good choice for my next book.
As I read, I was transported to 1957 and the green couch in our house on Amber Street. I revisited the Pepper family once again. I agonized with Polly over the temperamental stove and her bout with the measles. I remembered practicing piano, pretending to be Polly playing the piano in the home of her benefactor. My visit lasted a few short, enjoyable hours.
In 2018, I plan to read more children’s and young adult literature. Books written for kids often hold much wisdom for us adults.
I wish you many enjoyable reading hours in 2018.