Thursday, December 6, 2012

Theodore Mouse Goes to Sea, Hotwheels and Other Childhood Memories


When I was  a little girl my favorite book was Theodore Mouse Goes to Sea. I am not sure what happened to my copy of the book--either it was lost when my grandma's house burned down or I lost it somewhere along the way growing up. I have been looking for a copy for about 10 years, knowing that someday I wanted to be able to read it to my kids. I tried Amazon and eBay and never could get my hands on it. Today I went to a used bookstore that carries Melissa and Doug stuff because I was looking for gifts for Matthew for Christmas, and there it was.

There are a lot of things from when we were growing up that we always planned on sharing with him, hoping that he would love them as much as we do--The Muppets, books, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Labyrinth, and, of course, all things Disney. And luckily for us, he is a big fan of all of them.

For Joe, one of the big things he wanted to share with Matthew was his love for Hotwheels and Matchbox cars. When we first started dating, many moons ago, one of the first stories he told me about his family was how his grandfather used to take him to a neighborhood shop in Brooklyn and buy him a new car every week or so. It meant so much to him, that he told the story at his grandfather's funeral last year and how he hoped to be able to do that with Matthew. A couple of months ago, my in-laws found all of those cars in their garage and Joe brought them home to Matthew, and they are being put to good use again. This kid is nuts about toy cars, I am wondering where we are going to store all the ones he will get in his Christmas haul.

I guess that expression, "Everything old is new again," is true.

What are some of the toys, books, movies, or experiences from your childhood that you are looking forward to sharing with your children?


  1. Harold and the purple crayon-- my goodness the idea of being able to draw yourself into an adventure was so incredibly magical for me, as a child.

    I set this silly sort of goal to visit and follow, where I can and am not already, every mom on the December Bloggy Mom Hop list. It's slightly insane, although sweet to see how wonderfully diverse and incredibly smart and resourceful we all are. Geesh we're pretty stinkin' fabulous. =)

    If you're up for a bit of a ride I'd love for you to join me at Local Sugar Hawaii and we're sharing and growing together at An Aloha Affair this weekend. You are always welcome, Always.

  2. We love Harold and the Purple Crayon! I have it on my to-buy book list for Matthew. We read a lot of books in our house.

    I can't wait to stop by and check it out!!

  3. That's so sweet! I don't have that exact book but I have a pretty big collection of Golden Books. I cherished them as a kid. I love reading them to my daughter. They bring back so many memories. :)

    1. Camille, we started collecting books(and many other things)long before we had Matt. I've lost count of how many Golden Books we have now. I love reading to him, I know it will help with his long-term speech skills :)

  4. If I had had any children I would have loved to share the simple pleasure of playing jacks, hop scotch, jump rope or hit the penny. So many happy hours were spent by me and my friends and my parents playing these simple games.

  5. I always like the Giving Tree and Ohh the Places You Go. Thanks for sharing this great post!

  6. This post was a delightful trip down the memory lane of sharing the things we love with our children and then our grandchildren... mine would clearly be a love of books and reading! I believe I still have most of the Dr. Seuess books memorized from reading them over and over to my children. :-)