Sharing Wishbone, the Little Dog that Loves Big Adventure and Books!

One of the greatest things about having a niece is sharing things with her that I loved at her age. Lucky for me, she is a reader, just like her auntie, and her mom. Then again, I do give her books every chance I get. Last year for Christmas, I gave her a boxed set of Amelia Bedelia  books. I used to enjoy them so much (the classic version of course), and I thought she would too. This year, I’m sharing this little guy:

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(Can you believe there’s a website, I about died when I found it! It made me very happy for a moment.)

 

That’s right, Wishbone!! Everyone’s favorite Jack Russel Terrier with a love for reading and adventure.

 

It was the first TV show that recommended a book to my elementary aged self (weird!), the first of many to come. I have vivid and pleasant memories reading the books as well as watching the show. Even now, I remember that the paperback books had little pictures at the corner of the pages that you could flip through and see move (Wishbone chasing and catching a ball is what I remember) which was an amazing concept at the time.

 

Wishbone also inspired one of my first reading lists. Though the books and the show, of course, delved into classics like Ivanhoe, The Odyssey, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and more, I was just as eager to get my hands on the real thing. I remember writing down the names of the books Wishbone explored with intent to find and read them all. I also believe it was what prompted my attempts to read books like Romeo and Juliet at a young age. I still recall the day my mother spoke with the librarian about me getting a library card that didn’t have an age limit on it requiring an adult’s permission. My first ticket to freedom!

 

In this spirit, I tracked down a handful of the books and even a couple of the episodes to give my niece for Christmas this year, and I’m super excited about it.

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The rest of the books are on their way!

Are there are any books or shows from your own childhood you would want to share with the next generation?

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Traditions and Thanks; a holiday post

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving here in the U.S., and many are currently cleaning their homes, entertaining out of town relatives, and of course, preparing for tomorrow’s meal. Some people love this time of year, others loathe it, and a hearty majority, I’m sure, rest somewhere between both and shift somewhere along the spectrum of extremes during the holiday season.

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First Thanksgiving at mom’s new home ’12

Cliché though it may be, I’d like to share a few things I’m thankful for this year, one for every birthday I’ve had so far:

  1. Thankful for my mom, for everything she does, for all the times she has been there for me, especially this past year.
  2. Thankful for the traditions that I love and hold dear and were passed down from my parents, and in particular my mother
  3. Thankful for my sister, how much she has grown, all she has had the courage to accomplish for herself and her family.
  4. Thankful for my niece, who is a bit of my heart and one of the reasons I write. She is so smart, kind, thoughtful, precocious, precious, and so much more, and her mom is a big part of that.
  5. Thankful for the niece or nephew that I will meet in June of next year
  6. Thankful for Dr. Heath’s words of encouragement that sparked me to send in my first piece for a contest that set me on my writing path.
  7. Thankful for family that is supportive of my writing, including my amazing stepdad.
  8. Thankful for the wonderful and kind nurses that I met this year, they made the hospital visits easier to bear.
  9. Thankful for phlebotomists that listen when I tell them I have tiny veins that roll and make blood draws as painless as they can.
  10. Thankful for the new apartment I moved into earlier this year, especially since it was on the day intended instead of the possible delay due to previous renters not moving on time.
  11. Thankful for the balcony I have and can enjoy sometimes.
  12. Thankful that my father’s basal cell carcinoma was caught and dealt with quickly and he is none worse the wear.
  13. Thankful for the family that I get to see around the holidays, including my father who is coming to visit this year.
  14. Thankful for books and the many authors that penned them.
  15. Thankful for art, creativity and everything to do with inspiration.
  16. Thankful for passion
  17. Thankful for intelligent, insightful, inspiring, conversation.
  18. Thankful for all that I have that sustains my existence.
  19. Thankful for the growing and fabulous writing community that has begun to grow from being a part of platform challenge.
  20. Thankful for the truest and dearest friends I’ve been able to find in 014cccabb8ed811b1df4d6550ff1c5c1
    this life; my tribe, the people that understand.
  21. Thankful for open-mindedness, even though it seems to be rare these days.
  22. Thankful for whatever resilience is within me and has kept me going when I wasn’t sure I could anymore.
  23. Thankful for all that I have learned and that is left to learn in this world.
  24. Thankful for yoga.
  25. Thankful for Netflix.
  26. Thankful for apple cinnamon scented candles and warm blankets to curl up in.
  27. Thankful for still being here.

 

I’m sure there are plenty of other things big and small to be thankful for, and I try to remember them every day, despite all of the difficulties.

This year, my sister is hosting Thanksgiving at her place with a handful of family. It will be the first year she does this, and I’m sure she will stress herself out about it far more than she needs to, but it will be a wonderful evening, I am sure. I happen to be in charge of bringing the mashed potatoes, kind of my specialty; well, that and the Christmas baking.

The Christmas baking and the decorating traditionally start this Friday, the day after Thanksgiving. We used to put up our artificial Christmas tree (I’m allergic to pine and it’s quite a miserable holiday when you cannot breathe), we decorate the house (now I shall be decorating my apartment), and then we would watch A White Christmas (which I still do myself).

 

And in such ways, the two holidays are integrally linked in my mind and I begin to look forward to the next holiday season as soon as Thanksgiving is over. There are certain movies I watch now as my own tradition, and I’m excited to know already where I will be putting my tree (my “Christmas” lights are up in my living room year round because I very much enjoy the lighting any time).

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This lighting makes me happy

I wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving, and invite you to list a thing or two that you are grateful for this year, or one of your favorite traditions or memories. Best wishes to all!!