So I went to the Goodwill bookstore the other day for a fresh crop of books to read to Carlitos. I get bored reading the same books over and over again, and with the late fees I was subject to at the library, I figure I might as well buy them at Goodwill since they’re pretty inexpensive. I picked up at least 20 children’s books the other day for a total of $30. Plus Carlitos likes to read them over and over again, and he’s been really into Richard Scarry and the Berenstein Bears lately.
While I was there I ended up on a trip back in time, to when I was little and my Mom used to read me a book about a little country bunny who became one of the special Easter Bunny team, even though she was smaller and not as athletic, the only girl, and apparantly a single Mom of 21 baby bunnies.
I recognized the picture on the front cover, and then when I read it to Carlitos that night, it was like a crazy flood of memories- I remembered every picture in the book, more than the story. It was like discovering a lost treasure, something long forgotten, but that was ingrained in my memory. I remember that hall of Easter eggs in my mind, thousands of colored, sparkling eggs spilling onto the floor in every design imaginable. I love stuff like that- I have bought quite a few things that reminded me of things from my childhood- Dawn Dolls, Liddle Kiddles, Kanockers, and my all-time favorite childhood book, “Nothing at All”, by Wanda Gagg.
Last night Carlitos had his first offical sleepover- his 2 cousins came with us to Build-A-Bear, and when we came home we built tents in the living room and made brownies. I remind myself sometimes to just let the mess get out of hand once in a while, let them just have fun and drag it all out. I wonder what they’re going to remember about this time in their lives when they get older.
I plan on reading this book to Carlitos for many years to come at Easter time. I showed it to my sister this morning and she remembers it too. I’m sure Grandma will enjoy seeing this book again as well.
I love that. Have you come across anything that transported you back in time?