Maggie Wilson Author

Historical Non-Fiction in Northern Ontario

Share Your World – March 20, 2017

A glass of white wine, a blank page, and a prompt to share my world. Let’s begin, shall we?

How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are?

… pout


As so many have answered to Cee’s question, it depends. Some days, I’m a petulant 6-year-old. Others, I’m a rebellious teen, tired of all of the lessons that the universe is insisting that I learn. I shake my fist at the skies and holler, “Enough already. I want my gown and cap. I’m ready to graduate!”

Then, of course, there are days when I feel like an old, old woman. Like today, as I minced my way gingerly along the icy path.

Actually, I’ve always felt like an old soul.

Do any of you remember a story book from the 50’s and 60’s called 365 Bedtime Stories by Nan Gilbert? It was required reading before lights out, in my childhood home. A full year of one-page stories followed the happy adventures of the children who lived on What-a-Jolly Street. A little old lady, Mrs. Apricot, lived in the big house at the end of the street, and often the kids gathered at her feet to hear her stories.

I recall identifying with that old woman.  Not Suzy, not Ruthy, but Mrs. Apricot. It surprised me to learn that she is considered the main character. I don’t have that recollection. To me, the stories featured the assorted children and the old gal equally.

But I did identify with her. Was that because I am an old lady at heart?  I have always worn old lady clothing: sensible shoes, comfortable and worn shirts and slacks, nothing stylish. (Apologies to the stylish little old ladies everywhere!)

A few years ago, when I just started to blog, I bought a copy of the book. I had planned to use the daily readings as writing prompts, and to perhaps write a contemporary version. Or, like the producers of Riverdale who have re-created a less wholesome version of Archie and his gang, I would write about the dark side of What-a-Jolly Street. But I can’t bring myself to go that route. Partly because I don’t have the imagination to carry it off, but also because I don’t want to delve into the nastiness. Of course, it might just be that I don’t want to sully my fond memory of those stories.

So, you’re on your way out and it’s raining. Do you know where your umbrella is or do you frantically search for it all over your apartment/house?

It’s in the closet at the top of the stairs. I rarely use it. If it’s raining, I don’t go out if I don’t need to. If I do, I’ll wear a hat, or a hood. I’m not made of sugar.

Do you recharge your energy by going out with friends for a good time or by spending with quiet time alone?

Again, like so many of my blogging pals, I recharge home alone. With a cat. Maybe a glass of wine. Or two. Yes, two, I think. One moment, please – the glass needs topping up.

Name three things you and your spouse, partner or best friend  to have in common.

A love of (or, more accurately, an abiding and desperate need to be in) nature; a love of cats; a sense of wonderment and gratitude that we are now retired and that we have enough.

Optional Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

Oh, my, but did the sun shine bright last week, or what? Spectacular blue skies. Today and yesterday have been grey and gloomy, and presently the winds are blowing fiercely. Tonight, the temperature will plummet to minus 21C. We will put on the fire, maybe watch an episode of Last Chance to See, and that might just be the last fire of the winter.

A pile of rocks at Peterson Lake. Maggie for scale.

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35 replies

  1. That sky is serioulsy blue. I hope things warm up soon.

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  2. Hang in there – the warmer weather is coming. Mother Nature may be a bit bipolar, but I understand she’s now back on her meds…

    I haven’t owned an umbrella since I was a kid. I remember wanting one (because one of my friends had a really cool one) and my Dad telling me: “Ahhh…the rain won’t hurt you – there’s no soap in it!”

    I can’t wait for summer, so I can go dance in the rain accompanied by the thunderboomers again.

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  3. loved your answers- I feel I got to know you better!

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  4. “Maybe a glass of wine. Or two. Yes, two, I think.” I agree. When faced with socializing, one must drink during and after the event if one is to remain sane and whole. It’s part of Introvert 101.

    Stay warm, if you can. Your weather sounds much too wintry for Spring.

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  5. Just when we think spring may have arrived, Mother Nature pulls a fast one on us! Lovely here today in southern Ontario but back to -12c tomorrow morning😳Loved reading your answers Maggie!

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    • The transition from winter to spring is so tough when you really want it to stay warm, but Ma Nature has other ideas. It happens every year, but I still manage to be disappointed by the see-saw “nature” of the weather patterns.

      Thank you Lynn! Stay warm!

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  6. Maggie, beautiful white snow and blue sky. Cold, but you look warm and cozy. Nice to read more about you. 💛 Christine

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    • I don’t know if you recall a sharing episode earlier a few weeks ago that asked, “Do you have freckles?” Well, Christine, I can assure you, I do, after sunning myself on those rocks.

      Thanks so much for stopping by to read and comment. I enjoy your remarks. ❤

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  7. I love that you honor the memory of those old stories, and couldn’t bring yourself to modify them. Sweet. I agree about that old soul…I wrote a piece about a hundred years ago that got a lot of response here. It seems that the qualities of an old soul are very present in the blogging world. Makes sense to me.

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  8. I very seldom carry an umbrella anymore, despite all our rain. I’m like you, I either stay inside or get from A to B quickly enough not to need one. I prefer hoods since they keep my hands free.

    Wishing you more sunshine and greater warmth… although a fire and a glass of wine sounds pretty cozy.

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  9. I don’t remember that book Maggie but I do like your idea of 365 days/nights of naughty Mrs. Apricot and her juvenile delinquents. A kind of send up on Fagan and the orphans from Oliver Twist. My kids rave about Riverdale. I don’t know if I can watch it though. I used to love the Archie comics.

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    • See? I would have never thought of Mrs. A and her band of Jolly D’s. Something darkly funny. Edgy, but not too much so.

      I haven’t watched Riverdale, but I am intrigued to see how Betty and Veronica are portrayed.


  10. Will not watch Riverdale. I do not want Archie and friends with sullied reputations. But the wine and fire, that I can do. In warmer weather, substitute comfy chair on the deck for the fire. No substitute for the wine.

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  11. Oh how I laughed at you not being made of sugar! I JUST wrote to blogger Judy yesterday, “What’re we, made of sugar?!?”

    I have always dressed like a schoolmarm, or a mom, or an old lady, so I really identify with that!

    I don’t recall having read that book, but the cover is familiar…

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  12. I’m an umbrella person. I hate being caught in the rain without one … but I don’t know when I made that transition from steely Northern. Now if only I could somehow manage to look stylish and chic in wellies 😉

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  13. I’m thrilled you decided to play along this week. Thanks for sharing.

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  14. 365 Bedtime Stories

    Oh my gosh, I remember that book! Wasn’t Mrs. Apricot reunited with someone in the end? I can’t remember – but the stories did have several threads that worked through them.


  15. Highly entertaining, Maggie! I’m not familiar with 365 Bedtime Stories, but I wouldn’t mind reading it now. There are a lot of children’s books in our house. They are some of the best reads! Cheers.


    • Thank you, ma’am! I’m glad you like.

      During a spell when I couldn’t find anything to read, I tucked into the story book and I must say, if it weren’t for old times’ sake, I would have pitched it. So many exclamation points! Such breathless adventures! Oh my goodness, golly gee whiz.

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  16. I recharge my batteries by spending time alone, I know where my umbrella is, and I’m looking forward to a day out by myself in Antwerp tomorrow! Have a great week Maggie!

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