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Reading – Childhood Favourites


In keeping with the theme of books (from my last blog post), this week the focus is on getting kids to read more.  When so many children are going practically square-eyed from staring at computer monitors, iPads and T.V. screens, there’s a real need to spend time reading to younger ones, or planning regular trips to either the library or local bookshop.

I was reminded, last night, of how much reading I used to do in my younger years, by the #keepthekidsreading campaign being promoted on Twitter by @SummerBuzz, a Twitter account from Irish Libraries. My father was an avid reader – still is – and my aunt (on his side) would always buy us books for birthdays and Christmas.

Enid Blyton’s books were a favourite of mine. I’d say they formed 90% of my little library from the time I was about seven until I’d reached my mid-teens. And, although I’d an English teacher who criticised the long sentence structure, I do believe that they were (and are) a great asset in developing a child’s imagination.  I remember, to this day, being unable to pass a cave on a beach without having a good look around inside for treasure, and feeling the urge to investigate wooden panels in any room that would happen to have them, in case a secret passage way would be hidden somewhere.

Back then we used to trade our books in The Banba Bookshop (I think it was in Rathmines). We’d spend ages in there picking books out. If we traded for cash we’d get a third of the price back, depending on the condition/age of the book. If we swapped we’d get half the value of our books, so we nearly always swapped.

I still have a few of my childhood favourites. I was doing a clear out yesterday of the book cabinets, and still couldn’t find it in my heart to bring the books (below) to the charity shop. They’re third hand now as I’ve read them, and my daughter has read them too.

Do you still have books from your childhood days? Which ones have become emotionally attached to?  Have your children read them too?







Bad Mother


Yes, yesterday I was in my element. I ruled the world. I was the Almighty Goddess of Domesticity and Motherhood. Nothing could conquer me. I baked two batches of fabulous scones, cooked a Beef and Guinness stew. Life was good!!!

This morning I baked another batch of scones. I went to college and from there the whole day just went pearshaped. I had a free class and so my routine was fecked first of all. Then I had to collect my daughter from school, fly down to town to order a birthday cake for her (which I didn’t order after all because the staff at Superquinn’s cake counter in Clonmel are USELESS!!!), and try to find some sort of DIY masks that she claimed they had for sale in the 2 Euro shop. We didn’t get the masks – they didn’t have them. And on top of that we didn’t go swimming. I forgot that she’s supposed to have swimming lessons on a Tuesday. Got home and there was my eldest daughter standing outside the door in the rain waiting for me. She’d been standing there for half an hour because I’d forgotten to give her a key.

So, it’s official. From Queen to Beggar in a few lousy hours. I am the worst mother that any child could have. And to cap it all I made chips for dinner.

Oh please let today be better.