Literary Addicts Weekly Meme – Favorite Children’s Book

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The theme of this week is –

What is your favorite children’s book? Past or present….

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I like Winnie the Pooh, but my favorite children’s book is Charlotte’s Web. I know my mom  read to me all the time when I was little, but the only book I actually remember her reading to me is Charlotte’s Web. I don’t know how old I was, maybe seven or eight. My mom was washing dishes and I was sitting at the kitchen table reading. When I got to the part where Charlotte dies (hope that’s not a spoiler for anyone), I started crying and couldn’t see to read. I asked my mom if she would read the rest of the book to me. She put down the dishcloth, sat me in her lap, and finished the book.

I still have my old copy of Charlotte's Web.

I still have my old copy of Charlotte’s Web.

A-Z Challenge: Heritage

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Heritage

We were talking about this on an email loop a few weeks ago. How some people just don’t care about items that have been in their family for a long time. I don’t get that. I don’t have many things that belonged to other family members. I used to have a toolbox thingy that held screws, nuts, and bolts, that had belonged to my paternal grandfather, but I don’t know what happened to it. You can still buy the same thing at Home Depot today, but this one belonged to my grandpa, so I’m angry that it disappeared.

I had a little New Testament that had belonged to my maternal grandmother. It was stolen when our house was broken into 12 years ago, because I kept it in my jewelry box with my junky costume jewelry that some loser just had to have. Losing these things bothers me because my grandparents are no longer alive and that was a piece of them that I could hold on to.

I still have lots of things. Have you seen the pictures? I have lots and lots of things. I have dolls that my paternal grandmother made for me when I was little. (Strawberry Shortcake was awesome.) I have afghans that my mom knitted and my grandma crocheted. Some are from my childhood and some were made for my children. We have an afghan that my paternal grandmother crocheted long before my son was born, that was meant for her first great-grandchild. There are four grandkids older than me, and I was 26 when Jeffrey was born. I suppose that poor afghan sat in a closet for a while waiting for a baby to come along.

I also have a dresser that’s nothing special on its own, but I keep hauling it around the country, and from house to house, because my dad and I stripped it and refinished it when I was little. I don’t actually remember doing it; I just know we did. Although, if I was young enough that I can’t remember it, I can’t imagine I was very much help during the process.

And that’s just off the top of my head. I’m sure there is more stuff hanging around that means something. I’m making sure that I instill the same respect for heritage in my boys that was taught to me.

They can take care of the stuff or I will come back and haunt them.

No pressure.

For some reason, I thought it would be a good idea to participate in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge. If you want to see the other 1,800+(!) blogs, check  out the list here.

“But I’ve Never Had a Twinkie!”

Sooo, you may be a health-food freak if this is the response from your kids when you tell them that “the Twinkie company” is going out of business.

Jeffrey has had one, several years ago at a family reunion. My dad (aren’t grandparents usually the culprits?) gave him a Twinkie. Having never seen one before, he requested a plate and fork. (He was five or six.) He doesn’t remember that, though, and has insisted for several years that he’s never had a Twinkie. Bennett really has never had one. I’ve had a few Twinkies in my time, but I preferred the CupCakes (Chocolate, of course. Did you know they’re making strawberry CupCakes now? Well, not now.) Continue reading

Know Me Better – Round 8

“Know Me Better” is a weekly meme hosted by I Am A Reader Not A Writer. Each week five questions are asked as a way for your readers to get to know you better. Want to play along? It’s easy! Just click the link above to take you over to the host’s page. From there, copy and paste the meme image into your blog along with the meme code. Link back to the host and you’re done!

This week’s questions were tough! I had to think a while about some of these.

This week’s questions:

If someone wrote a book about your life, what would the title be?

The Merry-go-Round. It’s fast and fun, but sometimes I get dizzy and need to take a break.

If you could have a signed copy of any novel what would it be and why?
A novel? Anything by Stephen King. But book, in general? Charlotte’s Web (Well, I guess that is a novel, right?) because it was my favorite book growing up.

Horror or Romance?
Romance, definitely. I used to love horror, but I don’t have the stomach for it anymore.

If you could choose only one time period and place to live, when and where would you live and why?
As much as I would love to visit other time periods, I’m happy living right now. I’m a computer nerd and I can’t imagine being without all the friends I’ve made online over the past few years. And I love being able to easily look things up. No more out-of-date encyclopedias. Place is a tough one, too, as most of my family is in another state, and my best friend is in yet another state, but I think where I am works for now.

Do you prefer a bunch of small gifts or one big expensive one?
I just like to know that someone is thinking of me, so price doesn’t matter. If it’s a bunch of small gifts, though, I’d prefer that they were something practical. I try to keep clutter to a minimum, although I’m discovering this week that I still have way too much stuff.

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