My boys are getting older now and a lot of the little kids books that they have loved are getting put away and being replaced by chapter books about Astrosaurs and Geronimo Stilton. I can’t bring myself to give away those old book just yet, we have spent so much time with them. They have been read and re-read so many times that there are some that are burned into my brain. Some I hated and read through gritted teeth and there are a few that will just be safely put away. Can’t just give away those little family members.
Some are still out there though, and are regularly read even though the kids are a little old for them. We keep a few books in the caravan to assist in settling the boys into their sleeping bags at bedtime after a day of rampaging around, and the one that gets bought out each time is Scuppers the sailor dog. It is an old Golden Book and is far to young for them, nevertheless it is high on the most requested list. I think one of the things that makes it special to them is that it was their Dads favourite when he was small too. Last time we went away I had to read it each night even though a selection of other books was offered. When we finished reading on the first night we started remembering all the other places it had been read by us. It turns out that our copy of Scuppers is a very well-travelled book. It has been read on all of our long trips and many, many, many weekends away. Scuppers has lived in our camper trailer or caravan for nearly 10 years and is dragged out nearly every night when we are away. I think the only place Scuppers hasn’t been read is at home! I think that Scuppers will have a home in the caravan even after the kids have moved out, there is no reason to stop such a loyal friends travelling ways.
Born at sea in the teeth of a gale, the sailor was a dog. Scuppers was his name….. Might have to pack up Scuppers and take him on a boat trip one day.