I've always loved books
And as a pre-teen
my love was horses and dogs
Every book I read was about horses or dogs
And even as a 12 year old, I understood having one's own personal library
and so with my allowance and birthday gifts,
I would buy books that I loved.
Mostly the books by Albert Payson Terhune
about his collies
And then I grew up
My taste changed
(I got into mysteries)
But I must admit that whenever I was in a flea market
if I found one of the old books that I so enjoyed
as a junior high school student,
I would buy it
(if it was $1 or less)
Some that I enjoyed and found . . .
But one eluded me
It wasn't a horse book
It was about a red headed girl who lived with her aunt
and aunt gave her a make over and she went from a
"plain Jane" to a popular girl
Her name was Susan (or so I thought)
And the kids all went to Bandstand
and danced on TV
With the internet, I searched and searched
for the book to no avail.
I couldn't remember the title
Couldn't remember the author
But to this day, I think I could have gone to the library
and went to the shelf where it was!
And so I mentioned my plight to the children's librarian
at our public library.
The next day I got an email . .
"is this it?"
A book called TV Bandstand
by Frances Priddy
The blurb that accompanied the title of the book would indicate it was the book!
And it was for sale on Amazon
(for far more than $1 -- but thankfully it wasn't one of those $200 books!)
And so I ordered it
And it came
And it was the book
And I binge read it!
And not only was it about TV Bandstand, the girl had a horse too!
That part I totally forgot!
Whenever anyone does me a favor, I have to repay
And so I did with a tin of chocolate chip pecan cookies
(Her favorite -- I asked)
I did save a few for me
For afternoon tea
While I finished the book.
Whenever I don't have anything to read, I love reading these old books
that I enjoyed as a child/teen
It was a simpler time.
Often the only crisis is what to wear to the prom!
Sometimes in this hectic world,
we need simple books!