I read a post last week written by Michael Jacobs, and the memories it invoked sent me down a road to rediscovery of a book I'd read over 50 years ago. Michael's post was called, "That Special Blue Box" and centered a bit on expectations, which was what prompted that long ago memory of mine. It's interesting to read his comment string as well, as we are all so very different and react in unique ways to what we read. (One of the reasons I LOVE book club, but I digress)
My comment to "That Special Blue Box" was the following:
I remember as a child, there was a book that sat in all the dentist and doctor offices, a tad bit religious I think. It had a story that stuck with me to this day about the "shiny" one, the "big" one, the perceived "Best" one. A young boy had a habit of always pushing in and taking the best, so one day his mother put out a bunch of pies, filled with sweet and yummy fillings. True to form, he grabbed the biggest, only to find it hollow inside.
Sometimes what we are dealt is the best of all - we need only be a little patient. Thanks for the story and making me walk down memory lane.
In a comment response, Michael encouraged me to write about this memory in my own blog posting, so I began to look for the book. At first I couldn't find it, so I posted on Facebook as well. Many of the "kids" I grew up with are Facebook friends and I'd hoped their memory was better than mine. I even asked my mom, who didn't remember the book at all.
I got to thinking as I posted on Facebook that there were TWO stories that really stood out, and so I went back to Google to look again. Lo and behold, a fellow reader had blogged about the other story, and how it had always really bothered him. He has a blog site called Smothergoose. It bothered me as well, so it was fun to read the comments. The author, and title, were referenced in his blog.
Uncle Arthur's Bedtime Stories You can find a photo here, but I didn't want to step on copy-write rules.
What was interesting in this nostalgic trip was the people who commented on Facebook, to include my childhood "Sunday School Teacher" with whom I've forever stayed in contact with. He was so glad I found the book, for it appears to be the perfect Christmas present for some of his alumni students that want a book to share with their own children.
I added my opinion that each story should be discussed, as the tone of the times when it was written is not the tone of the times now, and questions can arise. I am a big fan of conversation starters with kids, though...so yes, this book could be a good family read.
Within are all manner of life skills, attributes, and lessons. Again, in a voice of the times (1960's I believe)
The interesting thing is, how this blog posting came about is a form of a gift in itself, much like the story Michael was sharing. Unexpected, heartwarming, nostalgic. And now some other children may glean some life lessons from a book with good intentions, and a good soul. Funny how the little things can keep on echoing - like throwing a rock in the pond.
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