Inspiration Friday: Art & Books from my childhood

Day 86

Growing up we had art books and were it seems surrounded by art in the home. I would sit and browse through these for hours. I doodled on everything and everywhere. I read almost constantly. I perhaps (as some said) lived in a fantasy world. In reality books and these artworks were my companions when things were tough.

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The Road Not Taken
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
—Robert Frost

You might find my choices of authors strange for a child. I have not one explanation just that I was fascinated by the stories and the writing and still today I search for novels just as well written comparing them subconsciously to these masters. I think I must have read and reread MacBeth dozens of times. Poe often gave me the shivers but I read them anyway over and over.

I still have all of my original books and when my oldest daughter wanted to take them into her room I happily passed them on glad to know that the tattered bindings were being loved once more.

Still this is the path I have chosen and I don't regret one step of it....even when it is uphill both ways.

Of course some of my closest friends are probably reading this and nodding their heads going 'AHA' now we understand.


  1. I totally get it Tabitha. We have the Complete Works Of William Shakespeare and the Complete Works of Poe as well as many art books. My girls love them now too. India was quoting Hamlet at 2. These are good things. It is good to expose children to real art at a young age and they will grow to love it. I don't think they are weird at all. Though the DaVinci painting on top will always remind me of the movie "Ever After" which is a favorite.

  2. Oh that is right it was used in that movie!! I can remember being in love with the book (and then movie) of From The Mixed up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler (1968 Newbery Medal winner) because they were in the art museum and they were obsessed with the statue from Michelangelo. It was good to be raised on real art!


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