Finding treasure

Hi everyone,

Yesterday Sandy and I finally tackled the box of odds and ends that has rested beside a chair in our bedroom for several years. We knew there were some books in there but what we found mingled with them were many of my old letters to Sandy when we were dating and after we got married. When I was 17, I spent the summer at the University of Missouri in Columbia interning in the entomology department. The next summer I played in the house band at The Lake Club in Springfield, Illinois. The next time I left town I was married and went alone to Atlanta to begin my graduate studies while Sandy stayed in Springfield to finish her degree at Drury. Lots of letters. They won’t be of much interest to anyone else but Sandy sat on the side of the bed and read many of them yesterday, sometimes aloud, and I brought one in here to tell you about in the next day or so.

One of the treasures I discovered in the box was MY LITTLE GOLDEN ANIMAL BOOK, written by Elizabeth Macpherson and published by Golden Press in 1962. Robin was little when we bought the book and it was one of her favorites. The memories came flooding back as I began reading those catchy verses that made our daughter giggle and snuggle down for another reading.
Cocks waken.
Cocks crow.
When it’s morning
The cocks know.

Pigs grunt or
Pigs squeal.
All depends on how
Pigs feel.

Colts canter.
Colts trot.
Sugar pleases colts
A lot.

I just checked the title on Amazon and you can still get it. It still ranks about 2.5 million, pretty good for a book that sold for 29 cents 53 years ago. A belated thank you to Elizabeth.


13 comments on “Finding treasure

    • I fixed it for you, Teresa. It’s a fun book to read. The short choppy lines are easy to remember. Now and then Sandy or I will break out with some of those verses that still come to mind after all these years. I bet our daughter remembers some too.

  1. I kept all of Jim’s letters, and I treasure them. They are the basis for my work in progress, a novel of collected stories about his time in Vietnam. Interviewing him for more details has sure put me back in time.

  2. it will be rather dreary in the future, reading old emails [ if we can find them] I doubt they’ll pack the same wallop &/o emotional heft.

  3. Special is that box, David. I sold most of my old Golden books in an estate sale, but kept a few. I just bought a Golden book for the youngest granddaughter about dragons, which she adores. They are still available, & still sweet reads. How wonderful that you kept the letters!

    • We think the letters were left at home when Sandy and I were married so her mother must have kept them all those years. How’s that for not having any secrets from your mother-in-law??

  4. Would that all our mothers would keep old letters. It would make the work of descendants much more interesting when researching our pasts. Thank you for sharing, David! By the way, Linda Regan has a collection of Golden books she read to her children … several shelves full!

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