Thursday, March 25, 2010


It's ten-thirtyish and we're sitting in bed talking. I'm about to go to sleep, and he's about to get back up and have some computer time. Before he does, he says, "Shall I read to you?"

Settle back, close eyes. A. A. Milne from 1924. When We Were Very Young. The famous first appearance (in book form) of Edward Bear (Winnie-the-Pooh) and one of Stephen's childhood books. Lovely to be read at bedtime when you're forty, going on forty-one.

James James
Morrison Morrison
Weatherby George Dupree
Took great care of his mother
Though he was only three.
James James said to his mother
Mother he said, said he:
You mustn't go down to the end of the town if you don't go down with me.

[lovely e h shepard illustrations, which stephen made sure to let me see.]


  1. Mmmm.

    (And just to clarify, the references to "from 1924" and "one of Stephen's childhood books" are not to be related; I had a later - much later - edition. Thank you.)

  2. a most glorious deliciousness, to be read a a milne while cuddled in bed. a moment of godlike smiling. perfect.

  3. godlike smiling, wow. amen, sistah! amen!