Thirteen ways I revisit my childhood
As a child I loved to read. From a very early age my Mom read me stories, poems, and Nursery Rhymes. Whenever I think of one, it always takes me back. Today I'll share 13 of those special memory inducers.
I was four the Christmas I received Robert Louis Stevenson's A Child's Garden of Verses
. I still have that book. Let me share a few of my favorite poems out of it. (I still have them memorized.)
1. The Swing
How do you like to go up in a swing,
Up in the air so blue?
Oh, I do think it the pleasantest thing
Ever a child can do!
Up in the air and over the wall,
Till I can see so wide,
Rivers and trees and cattle and all
Over the countryside--
Till I look down on the garden green,
Down on the roofs so brown--
Up in the air I go flying again,
Up in the air and down!
2. My Shadow
I have a little shadow that goes in and out with me,
And what can be the use of him is more than I can see.
He is very, very like me from the heels up to the head;
And I see him jump before me, when I jump into my bed.
The funniest thing about him is the way he likes to grow--
Not at all like proper children, which is always very slow;
For he sometimes shoots up taller like an india-rubber ball,
And sometimes gets so little that there's none of him at all.
He hasn't got a notion of how children ought to play,
And can only make a fool of me in every sort of way.
He stays so close beside me, he's a coward you can see;
I'd think shame to stick to nursie as that shadow sticks to me!
One morning very early, before the sun was up,
I rose and found the shining dew on every buttercup;
But my lazy little shadow, like an arrant sleepy-head,
Had stayed at home behind me and was fast asleep in bed.
3. At The Seaside
When I was down beside the sea
A wooden spade they gave to me
To dig the sandy shore.
My holes were empty like a cup,
In every hole the sea came up,
Till it could come no more.
4. Bed In Summer
In winter I get up at night
And dress by yellow candle-light.
In summer, quite the other way,
I have to go to bed by day.
I have to go to bed and see
The birds still hopping on the tree,
Or hear the grown-up people's feet
Still going past me in the street.
And does it not seem hard to you,
When all the sky is clear and blue,
And I should like so much to play,
To have to go to bed by day?
The world of fairy tales was a wondrous place. Many was the time I dreamed of being a princess in a castle. When I got to visit a few when we lived in Germany, it was like a dream come true. Despite how dark and grim some of them are, I still love my copy of Grimm's Fairy Tales
. My favorites are:
6. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
7. Briar Rose (Sleeping Beauty)
8. The Frog Prince
9. The Six Swans
Of course, Grimm wasn't the only compilation of fairy tales out there. I also devoured (Hans Christian) Andersen's Fairy Tales
. Some of my favorites are:
10. The Ugly Duckling
11. The Emperor's New Clothes
12. The Little Match Girl
13. The Princess and the Pea
14. The Steadfast Tin Solder
15. The Tinder Box
OK, I couldn't just stop at thirteen. But, I hope you, too, have enjoyed some of these stories and poems. I guess next week I'll have to get to Nursery Rhymes.
Labels: Childhood Memories, Thursday Thirteen