You know those games when you were a kid that you are too embarrassed to tell anyone about probably because you stayed a kid for a little too long and you would die if your peers had known you still acted like that? You ran around in your backyard and it instantly became a palace courtyard, sticks were scepters, rocks were thrones for kings & queens, and soccer shorts & a tshirt were kingly & queenly dress. Well, I played those games and loved them. Mostly because I always made myself the one in charge and I was always a good guy. My little sister, Maryann, was always the evil queen, and my cousin, Kelley, was always the court jester.
I fell in love with this book. I’ve read it so many times that it has been taped and re-taped a million times. The cover has come off of it so many times that it looks like a tattered piece of junk.
Then I went to Mexico for another study abroad trip. I knew NO ONE. So, as usual I packed my book in my carry-on expecting to do a lot of reading the first few weeks. I actually never read it while I was there one time. I ended up making some great friends (Hi Jenny! Hi Todd!) and it stayed in my suitcase the whole time.
Today, it’s just habit to pack it whenever I go on a trip. Heck, it’s been a constant traveling companion for 12 years now. It has gone with me to more than 25 states in the US, two foreign countries (twice to Mexico), and countless small trips across the state. I don’t think I’ve read the book in a few years, I’ve been too busy and I definitely haven’t needed it.
But, it sits on my shelf in my bedroom with my other favorite books. This one is the most special, it’s been the most places, it’s been loved & needed the most.
Nice post. I Like The Princess Bride. Thanks to share with me.
Megan (Best of Fates) says
I LOVE that book – and I love your story with it! Clearly the two of you are quite close.
I love the movie but have never read the book. I will have to read it, it sounds really special.
I have a similar relationship with the book "Where the Heart is". It was given to me by my best friend in 8th grade and I have read it at least 50 times. I love it so.
I really need to read that book! Obviously I love the movie (who doesn't?)
I have read Pride and Prejudice at least 5 times as an adult, and when I was a kid I read The Hobbit 10 times, I think.
I guess my velveteen rabbit is my teddy bear, Mr. Beeps. He's as old as I am, and he goes with me everywhere.
I am reading it right now for our book club meeting. I've never read it and sadly have also not seen the movie from start to finish. I've caught clips here and there, but that's it. I love it thus far and hope to make it a favorite as well!
My Velveteen Rabbit, however, is a pillow I've had as long as I remember. I still sleep with it. Not under my head though… It is an old, worn out feather pillow with hardly any feathers left. But I wrap my arm around it each and every night and can't sleep without it.