I was grabbing some glasses out of our dining room cabinet one day when I noticed this book tucked into the corner:
Miss Suzy was probably my favorite childhood story book. I felt like I was a child again as I flipped through the pages. It’s a bit jarring when my two worlds merge like that. Books have a way of doing that to me. Music does this as well. It immediately transports me back with the first page, or the first note of a song.
My most most recent library book (of course, out of order) was discovered via my friend Rita’s blog a few weeks ago. I followed a link in her post, and the author provided a book titled Your Life as Story by Tristine Rainer. Since borrowing that book, I’ve been taking notes like a giddy high school student.
In her book, Tristine tells a story about going out to dinner with a group of friends, and while they are waiting for their table, one of the friends suggests playing a fun game to pass the time, saying, “It’s said that your favorite fairy tale or children’s story turns out to be the key to who you are.”
I’ll play along.
Among the many books I read as a child, the aforementioned children’s books are my favorites. So, do those books hold the secret to who I am?
Let’s go over the main ideas of each book.
Miss Suzy– It’s about a squirrel who gets thrown out of her cozy tree house by mean squirrels and befriends toy soldiers. She ultimately returns to her treehouse, and all is right with the world. According to Google, the book’s main theme is friendship, loyalty, and bravery.
That was not my childhood takeaway. The quaint treehouse was my favorite part. When she was kicked out and forced to live in a dollhouse, she cleaned it up and made it cozy. My little girl self thought that was bad ass. I enjoy a good renovation project and that, my friends, is one key to who I am now.
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day– Bad days happen, and sometimes problems cannot be solved. As a child, it felt good to know I wasn’t the only one having days like this.
Even as an adult, it’s important to keep this in mind. We have terrible, horrible, no good, very bad days. Or even weeks. Or sometimes months. And it’s okay to be angry, sad, and unhappy. I don’t always want someone to turn my frown upside down.
Cranberry Thanksgiving– The main theme of this book is not to make assumptions about people based on appearances. But here’s what made me fall in love with this book: the pumpkin pie shared at Thanksgiving dinner. Nothing more profound than that. I do enjoy a slice of pie, so perhaps there is some truth to all of this?
So do I believe there is something to the claim that your favorite childhood book holds the key to who you are? I’m still undecided.
As I discovered while writing this post, the author may have intended one message, but the readers interpretation may be quite different.
What were some of your favorite childhood books?
Do they hold the key to who you are?