So did you all watch the Opening Ceremonies for the 2012 Olympics? I admit I was in and out of the living room, watching when something caught my eye. And what caught my eye was Voldemort and Mary Poppins runnings around on the stage. And I’m pretty sure I saw the child catcher from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, too. What were they doing at the Olympics? Who cares! A tribute to children’s literature is always a treat.
It got me to thinking about my favorite childhood stories. The one that wins, hands down? Peter Pan! I so wanted him to fly to my window one night and take me away to Neverland. Alas, he never did. (Though, I distinctly recall dating him in high school. Poor guy was never going to grow up. Dodged a bullet there.) Anyway, that is the title that stands out to me.
As for my own children, I have much thanks to send to A.A. Milne, the creator of Winnie The Pooh. My son grew up with Pooh and Piglet and Tigger and Rabbit. I think I can still quote some of the Pooh videos line for line. (And my son is 21 now.) Perfect, wholesome stories that can teach a child while also giving him good friends.
That’s what the best stories do: teach and befriend you. Now, tell us about your favorite childhood read, or the ones that you’ve seen affect your children.