She likes to read. And she’s almost ten. I’ll see what they have in the bookstore.
My parents chose well that year.
Heidi by Johanna Spyri
I read the story many times in the next few years. And dreamed of Alpine meadows, goat herds, and steep mountain paths. It was the sort of story where I put myself into the heroine’s place. Then colored it with my own imagination.
Yes, I saw the movie. Two different ones, I think. They would be broadcast on slow Sunday afternoons. But I preferred the book.
A few years ago, I re-visited this childhood favorite. And enjoyed it. I sincerely recommend it for any girl on your gift list. (Even those without some Swiss ancestry.)
Check your local bookstore or library for this classic tale.
Oh, the hero. Strong. Handsome. A little bit dangerous.
The heroine. Self-centered. Impulsive. More than a little determined.
With the American Civil War as a centerpiece, this story has come to define certain aspects of life in the South.
Are they accurate? This is fiction.
Are they interesting? Absolutely.
Probable? In varying degrees.
If you are one of the rare people who is not familiar with this story — I recommend reading the book first. Give your imagination free rein with the lush descriptions before you see the Hollywood interpretation.
Our city had a stretch of cold weather this winter — longer and harder than recent years. It was tempting to walk on a pond. And dangerous.
Warm days have visited since. Ice no longer clings to the shore of the still water. So the temptation for humans is less. And other creatures — well, geese are designed to swim so they should be fine.
The photo today is of another creature. One which I seldom think of in relation to ice and ponds and lakes and such. Yes, I know they are there. And when I do stop to think — I know they go deep, to where the water is liquid and food available.
It’s an annual St. Louis event. Unlike many who have lived her over a decade, I’ve only recently discovered it. And managed to attend two of the last three years.
Residents of the American Midwest understand that winter can get a little dreary. Cloudy days appear plentiful. Temperatures drop. Streets and sidewalks vary from day to day – dry, slushy, ice, or impassable.
So if you live in the St. Louis area, and could use a dose of warm, fragrant, and pretty — come admire the blooms at the Orchid Show.
This lovely pair lives in the Climatron at the Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis. The annual orchid show is held in a separate building — showcasing many colors and varieties. A welcome break from winter.
My mother didn’t understand why my brother wanted to take me to this movie.
This was a few years before I read the book. And I didn’t know much about what we would see. But — it’s hard to turn down a chance to go to the movies when a young teen.
Exodus by Leon Uris
I read the book a year or so after the event above. Like many good books — I learned a lot. Some of it delved into topics never discussed around the dinner table. Like many people, my parents didn’t often talk about recent history except for their own personal participation. (And the occasion and company had to be right for some of that.)
While the movie is good — I own a copy and have watched it multiple times — I recommend the book to obtain depth and background. For it is the characters past (and our own) which shape personalities and guide decisions – both positive and negative.