Monday, August 8, 2011

Abducted by Monday Memories 8.8.11

Well, hello there!

I mentioned in my last post that I was going to Texas to spend the weekend with my sister, Lindsey, and my brother in-law, Jason!

So, I thought it would be nice, for my Monday Memory, if I shared about books that meant a lot to Lindsey, myself, and my older sister Stephanie when we were kids.

That would be the works of Dr. Seuss!

And just as a reminder, Monday Memory is hosted by Annette!

When my sisters and I were kids we spent our summers at our Grandparents house. We were really lucky because all of our Grandparents lived in the same town as us. I always thought it was so strange when my childhood friends would talk about only getting to see their grandparents one week during the summer or during major holidays. Mine were always just right here. They took us to doctor's appointments, packed school lunches, drove us to camp, took us to swim practice, and taught us to drive. We were really close.

When I was a kid we would spend our summers at their house and they had this one book shelf that was covered with books. Most of the books were ones that we had left there, but the majority of them were from when we were really young, so it was a lot of Dr. Seuss.

I know Lindsey always liked Are You My Mother. And my older sister, Stephanie, said that her favorite was between Are You My Mother and Green Eggs and Ham. But my favorite was the Put Me In The Zoo book. I loved how the spots would transfer to all the different objects in the back ground and how they would change colors.

But my Grandmother liked Green Eggs and Ham. She would read it to us all the time.

I do not like them, Sam I am
I do not like green eggs and ham...

When it came time for lunch my Grandmother would sometimes let us help her in the kitchen. One of our favorite meals quickly became scrambled eggs. Now, I'm sure my Grandmother only fed us this a couple of times a week but of course I remember this as if we had scrambled eggs EVERYDAY!

But because of the poem in the book, we always called it SamIam!

Grandma would come in and ask, "What do you want for lunch today?" and we would cheer, "SamIam! SamIam!"

And then she would take us to the kitchen, help show us how to crack the eggs without dropping any of the egg shells. How to melt the butter and when to stir the eggs so they don't stick to  the bottom.

It is a really special memory and therefore a very special book. And I am looking forward to the day when my sister and brother in-law, finally makes me an Aunt, so I can come over and make SamIam with her kids!

I've included some pictures of my family. My Grandfather passed away in 2007 and my Grandmother passed in  2008 so these pictures are a little old, but they are my family.

Thanksgiving 2006
Stephanie, Grandpa Paul, Me in the back, and Lindsey

Easter 2008
Grandma Winona and Lindsey

Have a great week!


Annette Mills said...

What a great story. Have a great time with your sis. I've been posting Monday Memories every other Monday, so this is an "off" week. No big deal -- post whenever you want! Thanks for the shout out, though.

fakesteph said...

I love these posts! :) So fun! That is the cutest thing, calling them SamIAm. I remember we used to read The Cat and the Hat all the time. My dad read it to me and my sister so many times that we had it memorized and he would test us by changing the words. And we'd yell the right words every time he did that. HAHA. Dr. Seuss is the best! I can't believe my nephew is onto chapter books already. My sister needs to have another one so I can get some quality reading in. :)

Unknown said...

Amazing little nuggets of wisdom in those books.

"You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You're on your own, and you know what you know. And YOU are the one who'll decide where to go..."

Yeah, they really do need to get a move on with the baby-making. You'll be a fantastic Auntie C, even though Obi and Mr. Beckett won't want to share you.

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