Comfort Food Without Calories!

Posted by on Oct 25, 2018 in Blog, Double Cousins, Home Is Where The Story Starts | 2 comments

Comfort Food Without Calories!

Yesterday I went to the library. I needed to return books and audio books, some of which were overdue.  I admit it. I am terrible at getting books back to the library on time. But, the way I look at it I’m helping fund the library with the fines. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

One of the books I returned was The Middle Moffat by Eleanor Estes. It is an older book, first published in 1942 and set in Cranberry Connecticut during World War I.

When I saw it on the shelf in the children’s section I had to take it home. You see, it was one of my childhood favorites. Janey Moffat is a middle child (like I was) and she lost a parent (like I did). She was imaginative, very brave even though she was a bit insecure. She was kind and generous. She loved to tell stories, imagine stories, and didn’t miss a thing that was going on in the neighborhood.

Another big character in the book is The Oldest Inhabitant—a 99 year old Civil War vet who lives in their town. Janey, quite by accident strikes up a friendship with the man and that was one of the highlights of the book for me.

I find it interesting to read my favorite childhood books again in adulthood. There is comfort there and it opens my eyes to the reality that the books I read as a child informed who I am today.

I found myself laughing several times as I read and laughing feels so good right now.

So, this time at the library I went to another favorite set of books, The Trixie Belden Mysteries. I had hoped to find book two there last time I went, but failing that I ordered it on Amazon and now I was ready for book three. So, my current “read in progress” is Trixie Belden –The Gatehouse Mystery by Julie Campbell.

Why am I reading children’s books? It isn’t because I don’t have other deeper books sitting in piles around my house waiting for me to pay them some attention. It isn’t even that I am a children’s author and need to do research (although that is an awesome excuse, isn’t it?)

No, plain and simple, these books are what I call comfort food in the book world. Since my Daddy went to heaven I haven’t had the focus needed to read a book. But, then I discovered that I could read these favorites from childhood. Not only are they simple plots, easy to read, but they take me back to my childhood. The one where my Daddy lived.

What about you? What is your favorite childhood read? Please share here! Maybe you will even want to read it again!


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  1. Sarah Calhoun

    Aww, I love this post. I too enjoy rereading my favorite books from childhood. I like the comfort food analogy. Some of my favorite early books were the Honeybunch series, the Wizard of Oz series, and Little Women and its sequels. Not too long ago, I reread The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare, which I loved as a young teenager. Her writing is so “just right” for the story; I think it became the gold standard, for me, for how I think a story should be told. I didn’t know, until I was homeschooling our own teenagers, that she had written other books, and two of them were literature textbooks for the girls. So I agree, sometimes our early reading shapes who we are or how we think.

    • admin

      I had not read The Witch of Blackbird Pond until a couple of years ago when my niece was talking about it. It is a great book!