Books, books and more books!

Books...they're awesome.   I am writing this from an Author's 101 University Conference in Las Vegas.  One of the best three days I've ever spent with my dear husband and a bunch of fabulous, excited, enthusiastic go-getters who want to get their messages out to the world and make it a better place!  Woo-hoo! I'm still on a high~ trying to get back down to earth and write before organizing all the books and resources I collected and hopping on a plane for home. Sorry!  I lost myself there for a minute!  We could never get enough of reading in our house! It was a highlight of the bedtime routine to cuddle into bed after baths and choose a favorite book to read.  For our boys, it was often the Richard Scarry books that had steamrollers and dumptrucks, trains, planes and cars, helicopters and jets to point out and enjoy with all their bright colors and sounds, supplied by Mommy or Daddy, of course...

Other favorites included such wonderful titles as "No More Jumping on the Bed", "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day", "Frog and Toad Together", "Caps for Sale", "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs", "The Hungry Thing Returns", "Little Bear", "Owl at Home", "Good Dog Carl" (which actually has no words), "Just Me and my Little Brother" (and other wonderful Mercer Mayer books) "Curious George Goes Fishing", ""Thomas' Snowsuit", "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie", "What was That!", "Animals Should Definitely not Wear Clothing", and countless others. These were "must haves" in the long line of books that got worn down, ripped, dog-eared and loved through the years, or borrowed, read and returned overdue from the public library time and time again.

Of course, who wouldn't treasure the Dr. Seuss/Cat in the Hat books, or the Disney series? Those are going on the list for grandchildren, no doubt about it! And we loved "A Chocolate Moose for Dinner", "Mr Popper's Penguins" and the I Spy series! Our sons occasionally grab these off the shelf even now and leaf through the pages for a wonderful blast from the past.  There is just something about holding a favorite book in your hands (hard copy) that you have always loved, that cannot be experienced with an eBook! We have an entire 9 foot high book- shelf dedicated to all their childhood storybooks that continue to be on display in our guest room for lasting memories. One day they will be enjoyed and relished by our grandchildren!

What is it about cuddling, especially on a cold, wintry morning, under  a warm comforter and opening a favorite book? Even as I recall those moments when my children were young and this was a longed-for part of the evening routine, I get misty eyed! They would snuggle down, smelling like baby shampoo and powder, looking adorable in their pajamas with the feet in them and non-skid soles, clamoring for their special place in bed. Those were precious memories that I held on to desperately as they grew bigger and moved on to whodunits?, bible stories, science books and then textbooks.  It is bittersweet! I may just have to go upstairs, pick a book off that shelf, and settle down for a good cry and a sweet read!