Hairy Memories

A sad result of the Ultimate Storm of Perth, 2010, was my boyfriend’s parents lost a lot of books as water seeped into their storage room. Some of these were priceless memories such as photo albums and plane tickets they had saved from their trips when they were younger. They also had a lot of children’s books from when my boyfriend and his siblings were little that were being saved for the grandkids. My boyfriend’s mum was therefore drawn to purchase a second hand copy of a Hairy Maclary collection.

Hairy Maclary

It's Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy!

At the weekly Sunday night dinner, the book was brought out and the entire family sat around and read stories to one another. It was more entertaining than television and everyone participated. It felt like we were in the 1950s and all sitting around a piano singing Christmas carols. It is amazing how one dog can touch so many hearts. We all knew the words, we all knew the characters and we all wanted to read aloud.

Reading aloud has always been something I’ve enjoyed. At primary school, I would grab any opportunity to sit in front of the class and read a book. One of my first jobs when I was finishing university was for the Constitutional Centre, teaching year ones and twos the joys of the Constitution via a giant picture book. I have always wanted to be a primary school teacher for this reason and I have a secret desire to appear on Playschool so that after we look at the rocket clock I can read a story to the boys and girls. One of my life ambitions is to become a mother, mostly so I can read children’s books again without looking silly. They’re so cleverly written, the pictures are wonderful and the stories are simple yet meaningful. Perhaps one day I will attempt to write a children’s book, but so many people try, thinking it is easy, and soon discover it is very difficult. Plus all of the best stories have already been written โ€“ There’s an Hippopotomus on the Roof Eating Cake, Where the Wild Things Are, ย and Moo Baa La La La.

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4 Responses to “Hairy Memories”

  1. Sandra Boynton is a favourite in our house. ‘I like you a lot you’re funny and kind so let me explain what I have in mind. You might not know what BeBo means or maybe you’ve forgotten. Ugly Birds being Ugly (U in the a-z book). You can watch us shake and shimmy with whatever we’ve got.’ ahhh Sandra what a genius.
    My grandmother was always awesome at finding fantastic Aussie kids books. She’s continuing her greatness with her Grandchildren. You should get your hands on, Applesauce and the Christmas Miracle.

  2. Ange says:

    Very cute story! Sometimes it’s so easy to forget to participate in these basic pleasures, like reading aloud. Last night, for the first time in months, my boyfriend and I decided to read books in bed rather than watch TV before falling asleep. And not just any books. COMIC books. It was as awesome as it sounds.

    And I also own Hairy Maclary, but that’s because I used to tease Joff and call him Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy when we first met, and he’d never read it so I simply had to buy it for him. Or for me. One of the two.

  3. Jess says:

    Or both. Comic books are SUPER COOL although I have never really gotten into them. I have only owned 2 comics in my life which my dad bought me when I had chicken pox. They were Barbie and Casper comics (separate comics โ€“ Casper didn’t scare Barbie) and they were the best things ever. Dad also gave me a stuffed Dulux dog because for some reason he had purchased a lot of paint and at the time you received a dog with every can or something. I was one lucky spotty girl!

  4. Ange says:

    I had a Dulux dog too!!!!!!! It was awesome. I had several Phantom comics thanks to Royal Show showbags too ๐Ÿ˜€

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