Tuesday, June 15, 2010

A throwback to childhood

Posted by lea at 2:23 PM
I can't begin to tell you the feelings of overwhelming nostalgia and excitement that ripped through me when I stumbled across the trailer for the new Ramona and Beezus movie. Ramona was not just a staple part of my literary diet when I was growing up, she was my IT girl, the one who represented the clumsy, imaginative and misunderstood younger me.

I read all her books repeatedly, and even wrote to Beverly Cleary (the author) to tell her how much I loved her books and how they made me decide I wanted to become a writer too. It was the first of only two fan letters I ever wrote in my life (the second, embarrassingly, was to Michael Jordan). Imagine my thrill when I received a reply from her in her spidery calligraphic handwriting on that old-style onionskin notepaper! It's one of my prized possessions hidden in a box somewhere so safely I can't remember where I've put it.

It brings back to mind the days of rollerskating outside the house, borrowing six library books in a day (the maximum back then) and going home to devour them through the night, skipping piano lessons to go skateboarding in the park (and finding $50 on the path - SCORE!), grazed knees, forced Korean language lessons on Saturdays and an endless supply of sweets from the cornerstore on the way to school in the mornings. Those blissful, innocent, childhood days.

I think everyone's got a Ramona - some book or movie or trigger that brings back all the memories of childhood. What's yours?

Ramona and Beezus trailer:

7 comments:

snowdomes on June 15, 2010 at 6:57 PM said...

Trixie Beldon! I can't even remember what the books were about but remember that i loved them.

snowdomes on June 15, 2010 at 6:57 PM said...

And where's your review about Abba Mania. I was waiting for it.

lea on June 16, 2010 at 10:08 AM said...

Wha... Abba Mania? I'd successfully blocked it from my memory until your comment. Thanks a LOT!

Caesar on June 16, 2010 at 12:34 PM said...

Um... Nancy Drew... no, wait. I meant Biggles. Yes. Er... *ahem*

horseling on June 17, 2010 at 11:10 AM said...

Michael Jordan?? Skateboarding?? Surely I've stumbled across the wrong blog...

lea on June 17, 2010 at 11:15 AM said...

I'm a woman of many interests... :p

When I say 'skateboarding' it was nothing like it is today. I'm talking about a slab of yellow plastic on four wheels that I used to sit on and push with my feet. Now that you've made me explain that, I sound so much less cool.

... and Michael Jordan? Come on, who didn't love him in his heyday!

Jian Zhuo on January 12, 2017 at 3:04 PM said...

oakley sunglasses
michael kors outlet clearance
nike air max
rayban
true religion outlet
ralph lauren
kate spade handbags
ugg boots canada
kate spade outlet
hermes handbags
20170112

Post a Comment

 

lea thinks aloud Copyright © 2010 Designed by Ipietoon Blogger Template Sponsored by Online Shop Vector by Artshare