The room that will become the baby’s room is a blank slate. I’ve thought quite a bit about how I’d like to decorate it. At first, I was thinking about a pink and green garden theme for a girl, or a farm or nautical theme for a boy.
However, the more I thought about it, the more I realized I liked a farm theme. Animals have always been a huge part of my life, and the thought of including my favorite animals in the nursery made me smile. I’ve decided to include themes from Charlotte’s Web throughout the baby’s room, which will work for a boy or a girl.
Charlotte’s Web was one of my favorite stories when I was growing up. My mom used to read it to us during the summer at my grandmother’s pool. We also had a video tape of the animated movie, and my brothers and I would watch and sing along with the songs. Some of our favorite parts were when the goose tried to help spell terrific “T-double-E-double-R-double-I-double-F-double-I-double-C-C-C,” and when Templeton sang “A fair is a veritable schmorgasboard, orgasboard, orgasboard.”
My mom dropped off her copy of Charlotte’s Web this morning, and I got so many ideas while flipping through the pages and looking at the pictures. Ed’s mom has offered to paint murals on the wall, and I’m excited to include images like the ones from the book. One neat idea is a picture of a web with the baby’s name in it.
When I think about the book, there are some themes that stand out to me. I love the compassion that Fern shows when she rescues the runt. I love the friendship that develops between Charlotte and Wilbur. I love that Charlotte spins the words “Humble,” “Terrific,” and “Some Pig” into her web, and that the humans take the messages literally. I also love that it shows the life cycles of animals, and that even though Charlotte dies at the end and it’s sad, her legacy continues with her children.
Do you have a favorite children’s book?