Thursday, May 26, 2011
The "Ahhhh" of Beatrix Potter
When my girls were little, I was so happy that some of their favorite books & art work were that of Beatrix Potter. One of the reasons was utterly selfish; it was so that I could have an excuse to read the books & admire the homey pictures. '-) I so enjoy the feelings of quaintness & home that her stories invoke.
Ahhhh . . .
I'm sure that some of the "homeyness" of her writings & art came from her own family life & living in her beloved "Hill Top House."
Yep, I could feel "homey" there, too. :-)
I admire her representations of everyday life . . . makes me wonder how much of her art of the various home interiors were actually the modified interiors of Hill Top House? How quaint & cozy.
Then, there are personalities of her memorable animal characters ~
Walt Disney must have taken a cue from Beatrix ~ Always giving her animals human characteristics so that children as well as adults could relate & enjoy . . .
. . . Staying current in the news . . .
. . . Hard work first, leisure second . . .
. . . Dear, mischievous Peter & Benjamin. Those silly bunnies, seems they always had to learn the hard way.
But as most of us mamas try to do, Peter's mama was right there to make it all better . . .
And as with Benjamin Bunny's mama, to try to steer our children in the right direction . . .
I think that if I could take Alice in Wonderland's shrinking potion that I would love to spend a day in Mrs. Rabbit's quaint little home. A sweet portrait of home-life, indeed . . .
Other sweet home scenes are the pillow fight in Mamma Tabby's home . . .
. . . and Appley Dappley doing her "shopping" in someone's well-stocked cupboard. Always looking out for her family. '-)
Oh, and then, there's one of my favorites: Mrs. Tiggy Winkle. The ever-hard working, wise, able to make lemonade out of lemons: Mrs. Tiggy Winkle.
Wouldn't you just love to sit at her table, have a cup of tea & chat for a while? Hmmm . . . I think I just might do that.
"Thank goodness I was never sent to school; it would have rubbed off some of the originality." ~ Beatrix Potter.
Blessings from Ohio . . . Kim<><