Random Moments of Delight #5: Mother Goose

I was raised with Mother Goose.
mother goose

My original nursery rhyme book, well-worn. ยฉ 1954

My parents are such bright souls and one of the things they did, that I treasure with delight, is read out loud to me when I was young.

My Mother Goose book above (first photo) is ripped, tattered and stained yet as I paged through it this week, I remembered so many of the rhymes and poems.

I can hear my mom singing:

A fox jumped up one winter’s night,

And begged the moon to give him light,

For he’d many miles to trot that night

Before he reached his den O!

Den O! Den O!

For he’d many miles to trot that night

Before he reached his den O!

The children’s poetry book below is so worn, and the cover lost, I can’t even tell you who collected the rhymes. This is where I found the poem about shoes I featured in my post on Friday (here).

owl and pussycat

I was sure I could read Surprise in the Tree by Sara Asheron by myself before I went to school. In truth I probably just had it memorized. ๐Ÿ˜‰

I remember being read to by both my mom and dad, sitting cozily in each lap, listening as they spoke in different voices for each character, teaching me the cadences of poetry and prose. Dr. Seuss and A.A. Milne caught my imagination when Dad read them to me.

Dad's Favorites

I can hear Dad intoning:

Shuffle, duffle, muzzle, muff.

Fista, wista, mista-cuff.

We are men of groans and howls,

Mystic men who eat boiled owls.

Tell us what you wish, oh King.

Our magic can do anything.

Dr. Seuss from Bartholomew and the Oobleck

Winnie the Pooh was a favorite of course, but I also loved when Dad read me from The World of Christopher Robin.

The King asked

The Queen, and

The Queen asked

The Dairymaid:

“Could we have some butter for

The royal slice of bread?”

A.A. Milne, from the poem The King’s Breakfast

Mom and I shared a different set of books.

Mom's Books

For two horse-crazy girls, these were some of our favorites.

As I grew older and my brothers joined the family, the Mother Goose book became more tattered, as I read to my siblings.

We were a family who read out loud together. Whoever was reading had their hair gently brushed as a delicious treat. And of course, we graduated to longer and longer books as we grew older.


Peter Pan by J.M. Barre, The Secret Garden by Francis Hodgson Burnett, and Green Grass of Wyoming by Mary O’Hara (author of My Friend Flicka)

To this day, The Secret Garden is my all-time favorite book.

There are two rhymes in particular I remember from Marguerite de Angeli’s Mother Goose book, as I fancied they described me.

There was a little girl, and she had a little curl

Right in the middle of her forehead;

When she was good, she was very, very good,

But when she was bad, she was horrid.

And this one:

Curly Locks

Which one describes me? I guess you’ll have to ask my mom and dad. ๐Ÿ˜‰

What childhood books do you remember? As always I welcome your comments on this or any other part of my blog.


I’d love to hear your random moments of delight. This challenge (or rather non-challenge) is about sharing special momentsย  with each other each week (read hereย for more info). Please put a link back here in your post, so others may take part if they wish. If you have trouble entering your post in the linky below, just let me know the url in the comments section and I can add it for you.

Enjoy other peopleโ€™s moments by visiting them and saying hi. Thank you to everyone who participated last week (here), you are the ones that inspired this Mother Goose post!


19 thoughts on “Random Moments of Delight #5: Mother Goose

  1. Angie

    Love your random moments of delight, Meghan. It’s nice to be able to have the links on the blog instead of external page. I don’t have a self-hosted or upgraded blog so I can’t do that with my Fiesta Friday Blog Party. I’ll try to join this non challenge of yours one of these days, and I’m inviting you to join mine. Nice meeting you! – Angie

  2. Meghan Post author

    Thank you Sue! It was somewhat the opposite for me. I was read to for years, but didn’t do as much reading to my boys. Perhaps they didn’t sit still long enough! lol

  3. Su Leslie

    Oh Meghan, I love this post. It’s wonderful that you remember those times with such delight. I don’t remember being read to much at all and it’s something we did enthusiastically with the boy-child. I hope that when he is older he has similar fond memories. Thank you! (and for reminding me how many great children’s books there are).

  4. Meghan Post author

    A few of those copies were from my sons’ childhood yet still tattered. I have purchased a few children’s books for myself recently, most are because I love the illustrator. But, it’s going to be hard to keep many books once we retire… however, the above collection will stay.

  5. Meghan Post author

    What a great thing to do on your mom’s part! Yes, it was always fun to recite the story along with the reader! It made me feel so smart. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  6. Meghan Post author

    I was hoping people might recognize some of their own childhood favorites. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I even had little Breyer horses of Misty and Stormy. I was seriously horse crazed. Luckily I had a horse!

  7. Johanna Bradley

    What a lovely post this is! ๐Ÿ™‚ So much of it brings back memories. I wish I had some of those battered books from my childhood. It’s a long time ago for me and none have survived. Awful to imagine a world without books though. Next time I’m in a bookshop I might just grab a couple of children’s books and curl up in a corner.

  8. weliveinaflat

    My mother was not big on reading. She had only gone through with a primary school education. Neither was my father. But one of the best things she bought me was the Story Teller series of magazines and audio tapes and I used to listen to them a lot… until I could even recite the stories ๐Ÿ™‚ So I can relate to your post, I think. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  10. Lisa K

    I love your selection of books and share many of the same favorites. ๐Ÿ™‚ In fact I think we had the same issues of Misty, Stormy and The Secret Garden!

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