Today I realised that I had missed an important anniversary. I’m sure it was mentioned at the time, and I can’t believe that I didn’t register but 1981 saw the first Alfie book by Shirley Hughes published, so 2011 was the 30 year anniversary.
I have this aching nostalgia for Alfie, Tom, Lucy, Molly and Dogger. They all coincided with my children being young and me being exhausted and at times hopelessly out of my depth. Alfie could always put a smile on my face, I loved his little cherub looks, his messy but welcoming home and his mother was always so cosy and well…motherly. I aspired to be that mother!
I read these books to my children over and over again, I’m not even sure if they liked them, and I didn’t really care because Shirley Hughes kept me sane!
Shirley Hughes is still writing and illustrating, and the library has her biography that was written for children. I think I might just go on a trip down memory lane soon and re-read my old favourites, and catch up with some new characters namely Lily and Bobbo.
Do you have old children’s favourites that you probably enjoyed even more than your children?