cheers to books

cheers to books



Cheers to books and welcome to my 31 day series on books.

My hope is that this won’t be a collection of book reviews because that

might get a bit stale after a couple of days.

I want this to be a compilation of books

and how they transform, inform and possess the power to

make us feel

known like no other medium.

The picture above was taken days before I turned 50.

My family had taken me to a dinner of my choosing.

I wanted casual yet a menu that would delight each

one of our varied palates.

A large table was vacated on the sun deck as soon as we arrived.

Despite the oppressive heat of the summer, this evening proved

to be the perfect blend of sunshine and temperature.

After we toasted, Carl surprised me by taking out several sheets of paper

and read the significant events during my birth year.

He listed movies and songs that were popular in 1964.

He then bestowed several gifts that were also celebrating 50 years.

Yep, he’s a keeper.

The first one basically could have been the only one as once I tore

back the wrapping, my eyes welled with the revelation of being known.



Cheers to The Giving Tree.

I am not sure how many hundreds of times Carl and I have read this book

to our children.

How often I have mused at the brilliance of Shel Silverstein.

Randomly, one of us will begin to sing the words from The Missing Piece,

set to a tune created by our family,

one by one each voice

joining in the refrain.

“Hi-dee-ho, here I go,
I’m looking for my missin’ piece!”

These books with the seemingly simple black line drawings and choice words

filling the pages have landed  in our hearts and minds and remained.

Simply put, it is a parable about a tree and the boy she loves.

I have used this book to illustrate kindness and selfishness,

to emphasize the importance of giving and appreciating the giver.

Oh and those fair weather friends that most of us have experienced in our lives,

I want to be a good giving tree.

Well, maybe with a few more boundaries.

It has made me wrestle with whether

I can love without the expectation of being loved

in return.

Never underestimate the depth of a well-written children’s book.

Cheers to books.

Cheers to being known.

Cheers to that amazing cola braised pulled pork and pork belly sandwich

that would have rendered me speechless except for the fact of

sitting under a tree,

talking about books with people who love them

and who I love as well.

One of my most precious and fondest memories.

This won’t be the last book geared to children to be featured this month.

Do you have a favorite children’s book?

Share in the comments.
This post is apart of the 31 days…yet again series
about books. You can find the entire series here.


5 thoughts on “cheers to books

  1. Pete always loved The Wind in the Willows, the story with Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride. I have many favorites, the Pooh books, The Velveteen Rabbit, but have read and reread the Narnia chronicles by C. S. Lewis since being introduced around age 10.


  2. We have a beautiful copy of Down the Road courtesy of you Paige.
    I always loved that story and the illustrations are so beautiful.
    I also remember you eating apple pie for breakfast at our house…great way to bring books to life!


  3. Helen – Of course I have a favorite children’s book – hundreds of them! Being a reading specialist for 30 years, books are the tools of my trade! If I have to choose a favorite it is a book called Down the Road by Alice Schertle. The little girl in the book always reminds me of Carlen (at the age she will always be in my mind!),


  4. Donna,
    I remember first reading Little House in the Big Woods and there was a section where Ma was cooking bacon. I blame that book with my affection for bacon. Tee hee. So happy to know you are writing…bless you on your writing path! Wonderful legacy for your family.


  5. Thanks, Helen. It’s late and I should get to bed, but just happened to see your post about books and had to check it out. As long as there are a few books around I could never be bored. Since I first read “Little House in the Big Woods” way back when I’ve been a proud “book worm”. I’m taking a Creative writing class now and love it. Hopefully I’ll write things for my grands and greats. GBY


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