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Alligator Saves Town! Part II

How my favorite childhood book, Alexander and The Magic Mouse, may have influenced my life.


I remember loving the lush illustrations of this book and the cluttered but cozy beauty of the Victorian style home. If I had to pick a favorite architectural style, it would be Victorian. If I had to pick one style of interior design in which I would feel comfortable living for a long period of time it would be velvet draperies with fringe and tassel tie-backs. It would be chintz covered chairs and velvet sofas to sit on in front of a fire. It would be glass lamps with jacquard silk and braiding lamp shades with a key to turn when you want light. It would be heavy dark stained mahogany dining table and chairs.

I remember the concept of a young lady traveling the world on her own with an indomitable spirit and the courage to ask an eclectic mix of friends to return to her home to live! What fun. Though I have not yet gotten to travel the world and meet new friends, I still dream of it one day. I may even be able to ask them to come visit me here in Michigan. In the meantime I like watching travel and culture shows.

I remember the idea of creatures of different backgrounds getting along for the sake of getting along. I mean, why not? If the others are not threatening or harmful why not? I just like the idea of getting along with others, no matter what. I keep myself open to new cultures and opportunities to learn about and from them.

I remember the idea of living on a hill far enough away to have "space" be it personal, social or psychological. And, yet be close enough to stock up on watermelon pickles! By the way, I love watermelon pickles. If you have not had them, please find some soon and enjoy! Having space is good, but having close friends is better. What better way to enjoy friends than with Hot Ginger Tea and Yak butter? When my sons were young I would make a meal of fresh, homemade biscuits with butter and jam and fried eggs. Of course, there was also a pot of hot tea with milk and sugar poured from my Grandma Ruby's cream colored porcelain tea pot

with the golden dragons. A better meal, I have not had.


read more about the influence my favorite childhood book may have had on my life...

(continued in Alligator Saves Town! Part III)


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