1st of March is World Book Day. The local primary school celebrated by letting the little ones come to school dressed as their favourite character from a book.
When George was still in primary school, he went dressed as Oor Wullie.
He had the blonde hair already, all he needed was a pair of overalls, a white shirt and a bucket.
There are always a couple of Harry Potters, a Dumbledore or two, princesses, Robin Hood and the like. I would have dressed up as Nancy Drew. It was her tales of cleverness that hooked me years ago. I used to walk to the library and check out the limit of books that I was allowed to check out on my junior library card. I think I made it through all the Nancy Drew books that the small library near us had in stock. I remember clearly being annoyed that they hadn't put the series in numerical order. It always took longer to work through the titles. Sometimes, I had to read a page or two to make sure I hadn't already read it.
I also loved The Secret Garden. I was annoyed that when I finished that book, that was it. It wasn't a series. I had to search for books like The Secret Garden to transport me to new places. It was the only way I could travel at that age.
With my nose almost permanently in a book in my pre-teen years, I was called Book Worm and The Professor. I didn't actually care. I liked the feeling of superiority it gave me. I used to use my advanced vocabulary to taunt those who weren't as widely read as I. I remember making my sister Sally mad by calling her a homo sapien. She didn't know what that was and went running to our mother thinking that I had used some nasty word and I was going to get it.
I have mentioned that Pride and Prejudice is now my favourite book of all time. To mark the 10th anniversary of World Book Day, a poll was conducted. Over 2000 people voted on line. The Nation's favourite book is: Pride and Prejudice! I feel validated.
I've got a couple of paperbacks that The Man of The Place brought home for me earlier in the week. He has perfect timing, I have just finished a book and was trawling through our own bookshelves in search of something to re-read.
So, in honour of World Book Day, I have turned off "the idiot box" as my Uncle Bob calls it, got my favourite blue jammies on and as soon as I hit the little orange publish button on this blog entry, I'm going to curl up with a fresh new book.