A short time after my first baby was born I stopped reading. It wasn’t a conscious decision, but it was around 5 years later, and there were a whole pile of babies by then, that I realised I hadn’t read a book in ages. But I still didn’t pick one up.
I got back into reading on our first holiday together, my baby was 11 and went into respite care for 21 days so we could go away with the 3 youngest babies, who were 10, 8 and 8. Our next big holiday is coming up, Josh is now 14, and will again go into respite care with his carer and the last 4 days with my Ma, and we are leaving the country! Oh my… now that’s a big step for us. We are so very excited and have begun counting down.
But I did continue to read, on and off for the past 3 years. I confess to loving the Twilight series early on, when I read that Tim Holtz (who I was stalking at the time) was reading it, I just had to have a read myself and eagerly read the most recent of Stephanie Meyers books; The Short and Second Life of Bree Tanner. Yes it was too short.
Last week I read Mao’s Last Dancer, about a man growing up in China, a peasant boy lucky enough to be chosen to dance for China. It saddens me that there is such poverty in the world, and as I read the dates in the book I would think back to where I would have been at that time or age, and what I had been blessed with that those children would never even know about. Even now, the empty marshmallow packet in front of me… there are some children who will never taste the goodness of the sweet, soft marshmallow – pink or white. How unfair life is. I got to thinking about how different it would have been if I were born in that country, or if Joshua had been born there. Perish that thought.
The tears flowed and flowed throughout “P.S. I Love You” and my family had a roaring great time coming into my room in the final pages to make fun of me.. laugh and throw things at me… or just stand in front of me staring. Bunch of meanies! I love a good love story.
I wonder what book I might read next? Got a good one for me?