Saturday was bliss. A 2-hour car ride on a beautiful blue and bright morning with my two favorite people--my husband and daughter--to Amherst, Massachusetts. First stop--theEmily Dickinson Museum where our first sight was Emily's big yellow house where she wrote almost 2000 poems. What an honor and joy to walk through her home and imagine her living there--and to think of her playfully and humbly writing:
My favorite part was her bedroom where her window overlooked who was coming and going from the front door; with her little--tiny, really--desk; and her simple bed and dresser and nightstand with the porcelain basin.
I also loved going next door to her brother Austin's house where her best friend, her sister-in-law Susan, would throw parties for the Amherst high society. Of course, Emily would never attend them, but she would send Susan loving notes on a silver tray to wish her a fine time.
Next stop--lunch at the Lone Wolf Restaurant for a plate of scrambled eggs, bacon, and blueberry pancakes--and loads of delicious coffee. What a great place with wonderful people!
Last stop--the Eric Carle Museumwhere we strolled around for a couple of hours entranced by the artwork of children's book illustrator, Eric Carle, and others including: Allen Say, Chris Van Allsburg, Simms Taback, William Steig, Jules Feiffer, Quentin Blake, Petra Mathers, Arnold Lobel, Leo Leonni, Antonio Frasconi, Tony DiTerlizzi, and others.
What a delight for a bunch of Ringler booklovers!!! I just wanted to pack up all the books in the gift shop and bring them all home. Then I remembered that I already have many of them in my own bookstore, East Line Books. And the ones I don't have, I went home and ordered! :)
There is nothing like a beautifully illustrated children's book--no better treasure.
A wonderful weekend was had by all!