June 16, 2011

Me and My Dad

These are a few of my favorite pictures of me and my dad. The first two were taken the day of my law school graduation. My dad looks super happy! He was probably thrilled that his financial contributions to my education could finally come to an end . . .

I’m not sure why the lack of shoes in the big picture? We weren’t in Hawaii. Maybe I was pretending to be in Hawaii.

The nature-ish shot WAS taken at our home in Hawaii! Both my dad and I are very, very clumsy. I’m amazed that neither one of us fell into our koi fish pond, we look somewhat precariously perched on those rocks. . .

Some of the best memories I have of my dad are of the two of us reading books together. And when he wasn’t reading stories to me, he was often pretty good at making them up – he used to tell me an ongoing saga about an Indian Princess and Pirates that I just thought was the bees-knees. To my six year old self, it was hard to top the excitement of princesses and pirates in the same story.

There were always piles and piles of books in our house. When I got a bit older and had to write history papers in school, I rarely had to go to the school library to look for material – there were better history books right there in my own home! I grew up with this sense of books are special. The best of them can make you really believe you have visited a place halfway across the world even if you’ve been living on an island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.

For me, books will never be replaced by electronic reading devices. An electronic device, no matter how cool, will never be able to replicate the tactile and sensory experience that comes from flipping pages and smelling a book. Yes, I like old book smell!
My dad really enjoyed the ‘Old Mother West Wind’ book series when he was a kid and he got me into them as well. They are such fun, simple stories about animals having adventures in the forest in which they live.

Nothing bad happens in this world. I mean, there are characters called ‘The Merry Little Breezes’! It seems like sweet, KIND stories like this just don’t exist much anymore, in our world of irony and snark, which seems to be passing for the norm at earlier and earlier ages.

Some of the stories include, ‘Billy Mink’s Swimming Party’, ‘Mrs. Redwing’s Speckled Egg’, ‘Why Grandfather Frog Has No Tail’ and ‘Why Jimmy Skunk Wears Stripes'.
Favorite Thornton Burgess Animal Stories’ has still more tales of animal mischief and fun, with the same characters as the ‘Mother West Wind’ stories.

These books down below are mine now, but they used to belong to my dad. It’s such a cool feeling to look inside at the book name plate and see my dad’s name written in it from 1945. Someday when Julia gets to keep them, she’ll know that these are the actual books that have been read by both her grandfather and her mother. I hope that I am able to instill in her this great love of books that has been such a significant influence in my family.

Books are RAD. You know the children’s bookstore in the film ‘You’ve Got Mail’ ? I wanted that bookstore! I wanted to be Meg Ryan in that movie!

My little blog is my way of having my own online children’s bookstore and how neat is that? Thanks Dad for all the cool books you got me, I loved them all.


  1. What a lovely blog! I totally agree!

  2. Thank you so much for the sweet comment! Come back and visit us again soon!! ~Melissa

  3. I LOVED that store in "You Got Mail".

  4. Right Luana???? That store was SO amazing!!! xo, Melissa

  5. I love this post. My dad recently gave me a book his brother gave him for his ninth birthday. There truly is something incredible about holding & reading the same book he held and read that long ago. Here's to wonderful parents who instilled a love of reading and books to us!