Fudge. SuperFudge. Deenie. Margaret. Blubber. Sheila.
These Judy Blume characters at times seemed as real as my neighborhood friends…and were just as important in helping me navigate childhood and adolescence.
Judy Blume also introduced me to library censorship in grade school. I can still instantly recall the flip of my stomach and my cheeks heating with shame when I returned from the library one day and was met at the front door by my mom. Apparently, the Adult Services librarian had called to tell her I’d checked out Judy Blume’s Forever and that she should read it before I did. Forty years later, as a veteran parent, I understand why she did what she did and believe her call was well-meaning on some middle class, small, suburban, 1970s librarian level. However, she influenced my early opinion of librarians, and I avoided her like the plague in the years that followed. Too bad we didn’t have self-checkout back then!
Nevertheless or maybe because of that incident, I remained a diehard Judy Blume fan. So today, in celebration of Judy’s 83rd birthday, I encourage the eating (or wearing) of cake and reading of all things Judy Blume! Happy Birthday to a childhood memory maker.