Friday, August 29, 2014

Simpler, gentler times...



As a young girl, my favorite thing to do was to read...  I loved going to our little old library in my little rural town of Bountiful, Utah...  back then, it was just a teeny place... as our town was quite small then as well... my sister Jill and I looked forward to our visits with excitement and anticipation as we climbed the rickety old fire escape stairs, up to the top floor of what was then the old Bountiful City Hall, where our library awaited us... our library cards were like gold to us...  funny how old memories can come flooding back into our minds...  I can just picture the librarian... Mrs. Wilcox...  she was a stern looking woman, and quite strict about us keeping quiet in the library... if by chance my sister and I would giggle at something, she would tap her ruler on her desk and say in no uncertain terms... "I want you to be so quiet I can hear a pin drop!"... which made us giggle even more so as we looked to see if we had a pin we could drop!... back then, they also had limits on how many books we could check out, most likely because our library was small...  and although Mrs. Wilcox seemed  rather cold and stern, I still envied her her job...  oooh, how I wanted to  be a librarian when I grew up, taking my pencil with the date stamp on the other end of it and stamping the card in the back of the book with the return due date...  so much authority!... (seemed like a glamorous job to a little girl of 7!)...  my sister and I would take forever picking out our books, and always left with our full limit each...  we literally devoured them... Mrs. Piggle Wiggle, Pippi Longstocking, Bedknobs and Broomsticks, the Betsey~Tacy stories... Katie Kittenheart... and of course, Tasha Tudor...


Yesterday, Tasha Tudor would have turned 99 years young...  so today, in her honor, I got out my cookbook she wrote back in 1993 and will cook something delish... Happy Birthday Tasha Tudor!...  you brought many a smile to  me over the years...  and continue to do so...  taking me back to simpler, gentler times...  I collect alot of different things these days and have over the years...  but I would probably say my most prized collections are my books...  most of which were mine as a little girl...  I have posted many of them before... and think maybe I will do another post about them again soon...  for Christmas or my birthday, I always asked for a book...  they are still treasures to me...  I have the entire collection of Trixie Belden, and between my sister and me we have most of the old Nancy Drew series...  nowadays, our little library here in Centerville is within walking distance for me, and I love to spend a leisurely afternoon there... our library is modern and up to date and so much bigger than the little one I loved as a child... and it is far from quiet in there...  sometimes I still  giggle when I am there... my thoughts drifting away to two little girls, climbing the old fire escape stairs so very long ago...  hoping our favorite books would be in... and thinking about "a pin dropping"... but now realizing maybe Mrs. Wilcox wasn't all that stern and serious afterall... just doing her job... keeping our beloved library in order...   simpler, gentler times...  I miss them...  xoxo...  Julie Marie