Greetings from my desk! I have a few minutes before I need to jet off to my next obligation so thought I’d write quick even though it’s later in the day than you’re used to. Better late than never, right?
Remember how I’ve said that this month is complete craziness? Like, I’m averaging a handful of hours of sleep at night, have driven many more than 2,000 miles since September 1, spent approximately 30 hours in the car listening to podcasts… I’m pooped.
When I get tired like this, I covet my reading time. It’s one thing I’ll never give up because it calms me. And the craziness makes me crave quiet and simplicity so I usually end up reading old favorites.
This month it was Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. I haven’t read it in years and I knew it would calm my soul a little. The story was just as preachy as I remembered and I spent most of the book dreading the moment when Beth dies (spoiler alert if you miraculously haven’t read it…). But it did the trick. It was the perfect way to end my evenings after very long days.
I was so lucky as a child because we spent a lot of time in the car. Mind you, this was way before handheld gaming systems and built in DVD players. And when I say a lot of time, I mean it. Our family traveled an hour each way just to go to church on Sunday when I was a kid… nevermind that I also wanted to be in church choir on Wednesdays and we visited family who were hours away almost every week.
So mom would read aloud to us instead of having us listen to the radio. Most of the time, she read the classics. Charlotte’s Web (still my favorite book), Anne of Green Gables, Laura Ingalls Wilder, and of course Louisa May Alcott. I remember those rides fondly and can still hear her voice when I read them.
I know she’s reading this right now and I hope that she and Dad know how much those hours they both spent reading to us have shaped me as an adult… Thanks guys!
I highly recommend rereading some of your favorites either for yourself or to your kids. If you have a Kindle, most of the classic are even available for FREE. Pretty awesome, isn’t it?! In this busy-ness of our world, it’s nice to take a breather once in a while.