I is for Ingalls- Laura Ingalls

laura ingall quote“This is now.” When I finished reading Little House in the Big Woods to five year old, Beej, the ending gave my heart a pang. As I gave this more thought, I realized that there were so many reasons it touched me so deeply.

I grew up reading the Little House books over and over again. It’s one of many things I share with my sisters. We read the books, watched the tv show and played out scenes repeatedly throughout our childhood. I felt so attached to Mary and Laura. Who didn’t love Laura, little half-pint? She was feisty, adventurous, impulsive…. and for me, once again as was in the case with Betsy Ray, she was a writer. But when we played Little House, I was always Mary, my sister was Laura and our youngest sister was Baby Carrie, which is why she didn’t play with us often. Because let’s be honest here, did anyone ever really want to be poor Carrie? We played these parts because of birth order but I believe that if our order had been different, I would still be Mary. I was more like her in personality while my sister was more like Laura.

I couldn’t wait to share my love of these books with Kris, when she was young. I remember purchasing her a hardcover copy of Little House in the Big Woods when she was around seven years old. We settled in for a cozy bonding experience and I began reading it to her….. and she was bored stiff. I had forgotten how descriptive the books were. She couldn’t get into the book and I didn’t push the issue, although I was disappointed. These books had played a big part in my life.

Fast forward 20 years and while looking for short chapter books to read to Beej, I came across a few Little House books that were simpler and revised. Each book had a theme-  Laura and Jack stories, School Days, and Pioneer Sisters. We read the first Laura and Jack story and Beej was hooked!! His thirst for learning new things was being quenched by the same descriptive writing that didn’t keep Kris’s attention. We read at breakfast and having completed Little House in the Big Woods, we are over halfway through Little House on the Prairie. In this book, they have moved to Indian country so this is a strong underlying theme throughout. At times I have to read ahead quickly so I can edit what he hears since the book does hold the long held view on the subject.

As we read and come across parts that my sisters and I loved as children, I’ve been sending my sisters screenshots of those favorite passages. It’s fun to share those memories and reminisce.

And I come back to that simple sentence. “This is now.” It seems so appropriate to be reading about a time long ago when, for very different reasons, life was similar in many ways to the lives some of us are living right now. The majority of my human contact is the people in my house. Although the boys come and go depending on their dad’s work schedule (which does not stop for pandemics or anything else, for the matter). We might not be building our own house, growing or hunting for food and living primitively, but our lives are very different than they were even a month ago. We are doing without things we thought were necessary. And reading about a very different time so many years ago makes me think about how much things have changed, and yet stayed the same.

How very much we are living for today. Now.

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-Kat

Welcome, March

What do you do when you are smack dab in the middle of flu season and you feel like you’re coming down with something….no, you know you’ve come down with something but like to stay in the mindset that you can will it away? Fluids, rest, reading until your headache comes back and then catch up on your favorite show!

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I will not get sick. I will not get sick. I will not get sick.

Happy March!

I am not sick. I am not sick. I am not sick…….

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Book Love

“Reading one book is like eating one potato chip.”

— Diane Duane, So You Want to Be a Wizard

“Insights don’t usually arrive at my desk, but go into notebooks when I’m on the move. Or half-asleep.” -Hilary Mantel

At some point over the last few years I lost my desire to read. I blame vision issues. But I suspect that spending the majority of my time in hospitals or at home caring for others impacted my ability to hold on to any interest in a book I might try to read. I had to find contentment in reading to five year old Beej. And read, I did. 

Then a book by my favorite author was released. And I noticed a biography of an actress whose movies I loved. Without warning, I found myself back in the game. Instead of spending time jumping from one social media account to another or shopping on Amazon, I look forward to participating in a reading challenge and READING!

My hope is that with reading, my writing will come out of hibernation. Then I will have to start poring through my notebooks and decipher the notes of ideas, dialogue, character and more that I’ve been jotting down!

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R is for Read

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I love books and I love to read! There’s no way around it. When I first heard of reading a book on a Kindle, I was intrigued but vowed never to cave to something so new-fangled… But eventually I gave in and got my first Kndle, followed by my second and so on. Now I can’t imagine not reading my book on the Kindle app on my iPad.

What was the tipping point for me? It’s really simple. I don’t travel light. In addition to packing too many clothes, I’ve always needed multiple books. You know, just in case…. Just in case I finish the first one. Just in case I don’t like the second one. Just in case I do like the second one and finish that one, too, and so on and so on…. Just imagine the draw of the Kindle!! How could I possibly pass up the opportunity to bring along 100 books and not add hundreds of pounds of weight to my bags?!

Due to more than one issue with my eyes, I can’t read the books I love so much. And for that reason and that alone, I am so grateful for my iPad but the thing that really makes all the difference is my ability to change the settings so I’m able to actually read all those books that I love so much!

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Peace and love-

-Kat

C is for Childhood

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Probably my most favorite childhood pastime was reading. Being such a shy kid, books were my most dependable friends. I was notorious for checking out the same handful of books from the library over and over again. Some of my happiest times were spent wrapped up in a blanket reading my favorite books while munching on chocolate chip cookies and sipping iced tea.

I’ve talked about Mary Poppins and Alice in Wonderland and they’re probably not a surprise to anyone. I consider them staples in every child’s life. (If I was texting someone, I would be inserting a smiley emoji here.) Little Women is another classic. Oh, how I loved Jo even though I knew I was most likely more of a Beth. Honey Bunch and Norman were just plain fun. How can you not have fun with a name like Honey Bunch? The Karen books were the first I remember reading, besides Anne Frank, that I remember reading as a child that struck me to the core. Karen was a courageous girl who had cerebral palsy and I couldn’t read the books written by Karen’s mother enough. They consumed me and they made cerebral palsy not quite different and scary to me as a child. I was a teenager when I discovered Ode to Billie Joe and The Fog Comes on Little Pig Feet. The characters in these books were as different from each other as they were to me and yet they carried a theme very familiar to me and most teenagers- the desire to be accepted and to fit in.

Looking at the books I pulled off my shelf for the picture above, I have to smile because this is just a small sampling of the books I read over and over again. Some old favorites not pictured are Nancy Drew, Trixie Belden, The Bobbsey Twins, Betsy-Tacy, Little House on the Prairie, Judy Blume books, Parri MacDonald, Donna Parker….. The list goes on and on. Just writing this post makes me want to grab one or two or three of them and start reading them again! Just the thought takes me back.

What are your childhood favorites?

Peace,

-Kat

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