Behind the Blog is a meme to help bloggers connect their life and interests to the content showcased on their blog. The co-hosts, Faye, Kathe, and Melissa will provide a different topic, idea, or question every week that bloggers can relate to themselves and the books, films, or other media they find interesting!
With 2012 ending and the new year beginning, there has been a lot of talk about the things that have passed and the things that will soon be coming and so I would like us, instead, to talk about the constant things. The objects, people, music, etc, that are always with us no matter where we go and can often help to keep us grounded when we feel like we’re floating up to the sky. Is there an item from your childhood, or early teens, that you’ve kept with you until the present day because it meant too much to you to throw out? Do you have a friend whose been there from the beginning? What about your family? Tell us about something that is a constant in your life.
In relation to books and media; are there any heros or heroines that are constantly attached to something throughout the story, something that they draw strength from, or maybe even gives them a weakness?
It has quite often been said that I am a fairly sentimental person. I like keep material things that mean certain things to me. When I came home from Canada, I brought myself a book and printed off a large quantity of photos and started to make a scrapbook of my time. This is one of my most treasured possesions (although I never finished it, lol). Throughout my time at uni, I kept any tickets I could, letters or cards that were sent to me and once more printed off many photos and will one day make another scrap book for my time at university as well. I like having things that I can go to when I want to that will make me remember. I don’t want to have to rely on Facebook to remind me of the times I spent having fun with my friends and shaping my life.
Of course, being sentimental has probably stemmed from my large collection of books that I refuse to part with. The books, like The Harry Potter Series that I will never lose because they remind me of my childhood and all of the enjoyment I got from reading and re-reading the words. I can just look at the cover of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and remember the time I feel asleep reading it and then proceeded to dream about what happened next. For that reason, I will never be able to get rid of these books that are so deer to me.
So while I have many books that mean a lot to me, many photos and albums that I love returning to, there is one item that is slightly out of place in my room but is another item that I will never ever be apart from (except for when I leave the house for months at a time), and that is my big ole’ white teddy bear. He comes up to my waist, is incredibly cuddly and is actually wearing one of my tee-shirts (from my childhood of course!). Now, I do not remember the name I gave this bear and I’m pretty certain that he probably had many different names throughout his life but I do know that I was given him when I was just two years old and that he has been my most treasured teddy bear ever since.
When I was younger, he was the teddy bear that I would snuggle up with when I was going to sleep. He was the one who held me when I was scared during thunderstorms, he told me to keep my eyes closed when Santa came in my room and Christmas (and I didn’t obey), and he has simply always been a teddy bear that I could count on to make me smile. It may sound odd to you, but as a young child, I truly believed that this teddy bear could make everything better. I, of course, no longer believe this, but I like having him sitting on the end of my bed and reminding me of the innocent, frightened little girl I used to be. He reminds me that we all have that one thing to help us get through hard times, he just happened to be mine.
What about you? What item/person/song/book have you treasured since childhood?
In relation to books, I am listing three books (series) that I love which have the main character sticking with one thing from the beginning (near the beginning) until the very end. I know that there are many books, mostly because connecting to things is something we all do. But these are a few examples.
Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen; This book actually inspired this topic. I loved how connected Ruby is to her necklace. It’s nice to see. This book in general was really amazing. Harry Potter Series by J. K. Rowling; Harry is fixated on his parents as a symbol throughout the books and I love how much faith he has in them despite having never met them, because they had to be better than his Aunt and Uncle. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins; The Mockingjay Pin and everything it stands for. I love how protective Katniss is of it and while it’s not wholly mentioned, I know that she believes in its powers.
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