Friday, May 31, 2013

Crocheted Blankets and Book Pages

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{For the Love of Books via The Little Fox}

I was about 8 years old when I visited my family in Oregon for the first time. Though I didn't realize it at the time, I was nearing the end of my doll phase and was gaining interest in books. I'd always loved to read, but not to the extent of my late childhood. I packed a single doll (albeit, it was my huge life-like talking Cricket doll - go big or go home, right?) and a little suitcase full of Sweet Valley Twins and Sweet Valley Kids books.

I read during the entire drive from Los Angeles to Molalla, OR and was thrilled to have my own guest room with a little twin bed right under the window. I have this incredibly vivid memory of piling my great-grandma's hand crocheted afghans on top of myself even though it was summertime, and I set out to read the 10+ books that I'd brought along. It was a mess of musty old blankets and the scent of new books.

Everyone tried to force me to play outside on the farm but all I wanted was to read my beloved Sweet Valley books in this cozy new environment! Once my cousin arrived a few days later, I did resolve to go out and explore. If I remember correctly, though, I finished the last book that I'd packed before we made it back to Los Angeles and was bored out of my mind on the way home!

Thankfully, I still have that great love of reading (as proven by how I'm breezing through The Mortal Instruments series right now)!

6 comments:

  1. One my favorite memories that I will forever treasure is the summer I spent pretty much everyday with you. Sure we would gush about boys, but we also swapped books. I remember we would each pull a quote from a book that we loved so much and we would jot it down, then we would take turns writing our own little ideas line by line until we had something new and HILARIOUS!

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    1. We were pretty hilarious, weren't we ;) I totally remember our line by lines! I hope I still have them somewhere.

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    2. oh that would be so awesome if you did!

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  2. If I remember correctly you did go outside at some point, I have pics of a hay ride! I also remember all of us going to the Rodeo in Molalla.

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    1. I think I stayed indoors until the cousins showed up for a few days, then went right back to reading when they left!

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