Author Sarah Stewart recommends that writers for children cling to one thing from our own childhood for inspiration. (See her one thing.) In my search for my one thing I finally uncovered a treasure — this tattered, torn, and taped Fun at the Beach book by Gloria Trachtenberg; illustrated by Dagmar Wilson.
As you can see, it’s old and outdated. But, that’s okay. I’m old and outdated.
The Tiny Tales book, copywritten in 1960, made me relieved that books — and their owners — don’t have expiration dates. And, it made me happy, because I had my one thing from my childhood. The feel of the little book’s soft pages and even its smell brought me back in time to my mother’s cozy lap, fire crackling in the fireplace, and Pa playing the fiddle. Oh, wait, my dad didn’t play the fiddle. Okay, the harmonica. Oh, wait, my dad didn’t play the harmonica. Nevertheless, the book made me happy…
…at least until I photographed the book for this blog post.
I’ll have to contact Ms. Stewart. Can a book, borrowed from my cousin half a decade ago, count as my one thing?