One of my favorite children’s book series to read to my kids was Henry and Mudge, by Cynthia Rylant. Henry is a boy; Mudge is his enormous, slobbery, dog companion. Wikipedia tells me that there are 28 books in the series, but I’m only familiar with the first 18 or so, which makes sense, since my youngest was outgrowing Henry and Mudge by the time the rest came along.
I have a distinct memory of one chapter in Henry and Mudge and the Long Weekend, titled, “Wet Yuck.” I thought of it today, a drizzly downpour between rain and snow. Wet dogs, muddy footprints, but a great day for indoor cozies. Reading to my kids was one of my favorite parent activities. I already feel a mounting excitement at the thought of sharing so many old favorites with a new little person.
A young parent friend of mine said, “You’ll get to know all the new Disney movies now!” And just today, I emailed Nellie the lyrics to 18 songs I used to sing with the kids, at her request. I feel like a kid in a candy shop.
My 60th year in 60,000 words
Day 89: 189 words, TOTAL = 14,986; 45,014 remaining
Robin Clifford Wood is a writer and writing teacher. She lives in central Maine with her husband and dogs, loves to be outdoors, and enjoys ever-expanding horizons through her grown children and their multi-species families.