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Monday, July 11, 2011

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, E.B. WHITE!

E.B. White- the author of my favorite book of all time, Charlotte's Web.  I loved it form the moment my third grade teacher Mrs. Tyler at Joseph Keels Elementary School  read it to my class every day after lunch. I loved it so much that I begged for the book for my ninth birthday. I loved it so much that I insisted that my Daddy read it ( I was horrified he hadn't), and so we read Charlotte's Web together on the porch at a beach house at Surfside Beach, South Carolina back when beach houses didn't have televisions much less wireless capabilities.Our entertainment in the evenings after long walks on the beach was playing board games, playing cards, reading, or sitting on the porch and talking or singing if Daddy brought his guitar. Those  beach trips are some of  my fondest childhood memories for me.

I sat in an old rocking chair with my Daddy as we read about Charlotte and Wilbur and Fern. We read every night for hours. We laughed a lot. I can remember that Daddy's favorite line was "Wilbur threw himself on the manure pile." I didn't get it, but now I understand Wilbur's despair. We cried together, too. As I   got  older, I grew to appreciate even more Charlotte and Wilbur's love and loyalty to each other.

I thank you E. B. White for that story you put on paper. I thank you Mrs. Tyler for introducing me to that book. I thank you Daddy for allowing me to share that book with you. So many lessons I've learned each time I have read that one little book.

At times in my life, I have felt like Wilbur ( alone, scared, and friendless), Fern ( fascinated by my animal friends), Templeton ( selfish), and Charlotte ( fiercely loyal until the end). I believe there is something there for everyone in this childhood favorite of mine.

Who is your favorite E.B. White character?  Follow the link to answer that question and share your E.B. White memories.

2 comments:

Runde's Room said...

What a great memory! I read Charlotte's web with my oldest daughter a few years ago, and plan to read it with my middle daughter very soon. Definitely a childhood favourite!

Fran Richardson said...

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