Our Tuesday Fox often suggests topics referring to books we’ve either read or want to read. This time, she asked us to name a book from our youth that we’d like to own now. I really struggled with this topic. I think I’ve mentioned that I rarely re-read books, just as I don’t like to re-watch movies. Even though I had favorites, I’ve never had the desire to go back and spend time on something that I’ve already lived through, other than instruction books and photo albums. That said, I tend to keep things that have sentimental value to me, and there’s one book that stands out as one I like to refer to when showing people about my Japanese heritage.
Three years ago, we were asked to name books that influenced us, and I mentioned a book called Taro and the Tofu by Masako Matsuno. You can find that post HERE. At that time, I explained that this was the first book I owned that illustrated the culture that my mother came from, as well as my dad’s parents. I ended my post by saying that I intended to purchase the book to read to my youngest grandkids.
Apparently, that plan never made it to my to-do list, because I didn’t get around to purchasing the book, and I haven’t read it to my grandkids, who are now ten and seven years old. But when I saw this topic on the schedule, I remembered that plan, and I immediately began to search for it. Since I’ve often mentioned this title, it occurred to me that my references would hold more weight if I had an actual copy of the book. I was astonished to find several copies available, and selected one that purported to be in “very good” condition. When the book arrived, it was like greeting an old friend. I haven’t yet read it. I want to share it with my kids and grandkids. I have it in the guest bedroom, so that the next time the grandkids come to spend the night here I’ll suggest it for bedtime reading.