Tuesday, September 13, 2011

50 cents

Recently I went to a yard sale atop a great big hill.  They had shelves of books that looked like they had dragged them straight from the living room (read dust covered).  It was an eclectic assortment with books about shed building right next to Charlotte’s Web. 

As I browsed through all the titles with my head crooked sideways the woman was going on about how her daughter loves buying used books and they just have no more room….blah blah blah.  Like I haven’t heard that lecture before!

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After finding this one all the other books seemed dim in comparison.

Louisa May Alcott + Tasha Tudor?  Isn’t that perfection?

As I was paying the woman’s daughter came outside -- she was a teenager! I thought for sure she was an awkward middle-aged woman such as myself.   I love people that love books.  She has a lifetime of learning ahead of her and no doubt she will reflect on those books in her driveway throughout her life.   Seeing books from my youth instantly brings me back to my closet in the corner with the bookcase I would arrange and rearrange.

After I dusted the book off I placed in the honorable spot on my nightstand.  It’s waiting for me to finish Oliver Wiswell, I’m finally almost done with that darn book.  Which I love and read every single darn day but can’t seem to reach the darn end.

What are your most remembered childhood books? 

I hope you are enjoying these fair weather September days!

10 comments:

Rosie said...

I gasped when I saw the picture of that book. What a find!

Barbara at Oodles and Oodles said...

It's Little House on the Prairie for me - every one of them. But the Boxcar Children were pretty awesome, too, especially the part where they go to the dump and find kitchen utensils. And Nancy Drew, of course.

Dawn said...

Oh Goodness! I love that book! I'm going to check on Alibris to see if there is one out there for me. That is only 50 cents. haha! I'm sure it won't be. I just finished re-reading for the umpteenth time Little Women and Little Men. Much of the time, my bedtime reading is something I've read before. That way I don't HAVE to finish it before I go to sleep. Sadly, I have as much trouble tearing myself away from well-loved novels also.

Jemm said...

That is a great find. Unfortunately, my love of books didn't develope until late in high school. Weird, I know. I only remember reading maybe 4 books as child. A Wrinkle in Time, The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, Ramona Quimby, Age 8 and Ralph S. Mouse. Sad isn't it?

Andi said...

Ramona Quimby...A Horse Named Mischief which was actually a picture book, but I still love it, and of course Little Women!

lisawith4 said...

The cover of Little Women looks so sweet.... great find!
My all time favorites from my childhood would be The Anne of Green Gables series. Love love love Anne!

Leila said...

Oh, what a great find! I favor the Jessie Wilcox Smith Little Women, but maybe I didn't know about this one!

Kathy in Vietnam said...

My Side of the Mountain was my favorite. What a loner, haha

Prairie Rose said...

What a delightful purchase!
I think you can probably guess my favorite books;)
Little House on the Prairie of course!

Dog Trot Farm said...

How lucky were you to find this wonderful book! Louisa May Alcott and Tasha Tudor, be still my heart. I so enjoy your wonderful blog. Blessings from Maine, Julie of Dog Trot Farm.