April 29, 2003

Between the Lines

Somewhere in a box in the Very Back Room upstairs are dozens of the kid's favorite books from their early years... the ones that they eventually outgrew but were by then too much a part of our family to give away. So, these worn old friends have traveled with us now through seven moves, waiting on the right time to once again come to life in the bedtime stories of grandchildren.

One of the old favorites in the worn old box is a Golden Book called the Saggy Baggy Elephant. If I remember correctly, Sukie, the elephant goes around the jungle lamenting her loose and wrinkled skin, asking advice from all the other animals how she can 'fix' her sags and her bags.

I hadn't thought about this book in decades until yesterday. And the trigger for this pachydermatological recollection: the saggy-baggy face in the mirror. Sukie, I feel your pain.

Guess wrinkles, sags and bags are the price one pays for living long enough to have grandchildren. And the well-traveled box of beloved books now will finally go to someone else's shelves, and then to their Very Back Room for the next thirty years.

Posted by fred1st at April 29, 2003 05:45 AM | TrackBack

Ooooh! Saggy Baggy Elephant. I must've read that book a zillion times to one or another of my three.

And all I remember is that it's about an elephant. Sigh. Looks like sags and bags aren't the only rewards of living to a ripe old age.

Now what was I saying?

Oh, yes. That's one of my all-time favorite book titles.

Posted by: Jim Calloway (aka JC South) at April 29, 2003 08:05 AM

i read saggy baggy to my kids and a whole slew of books from that timeperiod. books are great. my favorite book from when i was a kid is Frederick by Leo Leoni (in fact i'm doing a thing to send to dutchie morelli about that....thanks for the tip fred) and i've read it to my kids with great joy. sadly though, they didn't seem to get the same spark from it that i did, but you know we're all different so i know they'll find their own book to catch the spark from.

Posted by: bud at April 29, 2003 08:34 AM

When the first grandchild was a baby about 4 years ago, I started to collect those old golden titles from my own childhood. Tootle, saggy-baggy elephant, Scuffy, the taxi that hurried etc. Children's book of prayers and Bible stories. Now the four year old and Muss Two his cousin love them.

I am also collecting the great Australian children's stories and the other day picked up a 50 year old copy of Winnie the Pooh for .50cents. My own copy fell apart from much loving.
Shalom, Jan

Posted by: Jan at April 29, 2003 06:15 PM

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