Monday, December 25, 2023

Book Your Stocking 2023 with Tim Martin

Book Your Stocking 2023 features readers sharing children's books from their past or present. Perhaps you'll stumble upon forgotten books or titles you somehow missed. Should a book find its way into a stocking near you, all the better.

Please welcome my friend Tim Martin from Indianapolis, Indiana. I interviewed Tim via text about this memory in the middle of another discussion. I write about my friend Tim Martin here. I hope you enjoy this moment as much as I did. Merry Christmas!


She Made Us Feel Safe, an interview with Tim Martin

by Erin Pringle

Erin: What was your favorite children's book growing up?

Tim: Dr. Seuss

Erin: What did you like about him?

Tim: So creative with language and easy to read. It was just fun, carefree reading.

Erin: Did you read it or did someone read it to you?

Tim: But you have to realize that I was not a hardcore reader. Funny that you ask. I'm thinking. Our kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Maxwell, would read to us. Haven't thought about that in many years.

Erin: What do you remember of her?

Tim: She was old. And I thought she was the smartest person in the world.

Erin: Do you remember what she looked like or any details about her? Would she read standing up or sitting in a chair or on the floor with the children?

Tim: She sat on a chair in the center. We had mats to sit on, on the floor in front of her. She looked like you except she wore glasses. I remember realizing later that we kids loved her. But didn't know what that feeling was at the time. She kept us safe and made us happy. I think you are Mrs. Maxwell to your kids. That's a supreme compliment.

Dr. Seuss back-cover biography,
photo via eBay


About Tim Martin: Tim lives in his hometown Indianapolis with his wife Laura. He co-owns Martin Brothers Metal Works with his brother Steve, after inheriting the business from his son John. In the summer, he plants a garden; on weekends he has breakfast with his twin granddaughters when they're home from college; and most every day he's at work, welding, thinking, and doing what needs done. There is always so much to be done. 

Tim in shop with my son,
photo by me