Flashback Friday…September 24


I’m joining up with Linda for Flashback Friday and Java for Follow Friday today because it’s Friday, and that’s what I do on Fridays.  If you would like to join up with either of these ladies, just click on their button at the top of this post.  Both blog hops are fun, and I highly recommend them. 

Linda’s theme today is all about reading when we were young.  That will be a tough one for me because that was a l-o-n-g time ago,  but I’ll give it my best shot!

I don’t remember learning to read as a small child, or even liking to read until I was in the fourth grade.  I remember when I was in the fourth grade, my teacher had her own little library in the back of the classroom.  “Miss Doll” would let us borrow books from her library to read, and I loved it!  This teacher was one of my all-time favorite teachers because she had also been my daddy’s teacher when he was in school. 

I didn’t have many books at home–in fact I had only three of my own, while growing up.  One of those books was a book of Mother Goose Rhymes, and the other two were Little Golden Books of “Pollyanna” and “The Shaggy Dog”.  I read those books a million times.  I don’t know what ever happened to them, but I’d love to have them today.

I remember reading some of the Nancy Drew mysteries when I got older.  I checked those out from the school library.  When I became older, I was also able to order a few books from the Scholastic Book Club.  I  remember reading “Gone With The Wind” when I was in the eighth grade.  I saw the movie “Gone With The Wind”, loved it, and wanted to read the book.

I was a library assistant in high school during my junior year of  high school, and I was a member of the Library Club.  The librarian was an older lady, who happened to have been my mother’s basketball coach when she was in school.  She was a strict lady–no funny business in her library, but I got along fine with her–except the one time that she called me into her office to tell me that she thought I was “throwing my life away by being engaged to and waiting for my future husband”.  Boy was she wrong!!!

As far as required reading in high school, I can’t really remember many of those books.  I think one of them may have been “Tess of the D’urbervilles”, and another may have been “The Old Man and the Sea”.  What I do remember is not being able to understand much about any of them!  There is just something about having someone tell you that you have to read a book!

When I began working in our local elementary school, I developed a strong love of reading.  I loved teaching the children to read, and listening to them read to me.  I also enjoyed reading to them.  The teacher and I built a wonderful classroom library.  We let the children read in class, or check out the books, just like my teacher, “Miss Doll” did in the fourth grade.

Now that I’ve retired, I have lots of time to read books.  I’ll read a few, then take a break.  I love to read autobiographies, but I enjoy good fiction as well.  I love to read to my grandchildren, especially my granddaughter, who shares my love of books.  When my children were growing up, I always told them, “If you can read, you can do anything.”  I still believe that statement to be true today.  

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  1. I’ve always been a big reader and its still one of my favorite things to do. My mom was a librarian and our house was always full of books. Still is in fact.

    Enjoy your weekend!

  2. Some required reading was actually pretty good when I was in school. Books I never would have read if I had been given my choice: The Hobbit, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Outsiders, etc. But you’re right some of those books, UGH! They were awful and hard to understand. I remember hating Romeo and Juliet!

    I’m back on my vacation posts that I never finished in case you’re interested (hee, hee, hint, hint) 🙂

  3. This is good, Kathy! Your teachers had good taste and I really liked hearing about Miss Doll. She taught while you didn’t realize your were being taught. Aren’t you glad! 🙂
    Aside here; Ruth has the right idea. I think about finishing some of my travel posts but never do. I quit half way through the trip.

  4. I enjoyed what I’m pretty sure is my first visit to your blog, Kathy!

    I didn’t like some of the books I had to read in high school–particularly The Grapes of Wrath and As I Lay Dying. Not my cup of tea.

    Have a great weekend!

  5. it IS wonderful to momentarily escapte reality through the pages of a book…

  6. I remember we had a copy of The Old Man and the Sea on one of our bookshelves, I never read it. I always wondered what it was about or if it was good! I thought of that when I saw the title in your post.

    Have a nice weekend!

  7. I know what you mean when you say there’s just something about having someone tell you that you have to read a book. I never wanted to read what I was told to. I did like The Hound of the Baskervilles though, and if memory serves me, I got an A on the book report.

    As far as reading to Madison, the way she’s growing, it won’t be long before Madison will be reading to you.

    My nephew recently gave me the book The Hobbit, but I haven’t started it yet. Miss Ruth, I see that you’ve read it. I’ll try to start it soon. There is a movie in the works. I look forward to seeing it because my all-time favorite movies are The Lord of the Rings Trilogy.

  8. I absolutely adored all the Nancy Drew books and used to have them all…I think they’re still in my mothers attic but I’m not sure anymore. It’s been quite a while since I was young too 😉

  9. if children read at an earlier age most likely they will read books throughout their lives. i loved mysteries. rose

  10. I so agree that reading opens up the world to us! I’m glad you found your love of reading.

  11. How nice to have a classroom “library”. I used to love our little church “library with its ancient books and unusual finds.

  12. I ran out of space to mention the Library Club! I loved working in the library, both in junior high and high school. And in junior high, I also worked in our church library!

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