Like most moms, finding a bit of time to steal away and read is not always practical, not always a priority. By the time I finish cleaning the house, cooking, carpooling and quizzing people for upcoming exams, I find it hard to keep my eyes open when I get into bed...let alone read anything...other than a blog, of course!
Needless to say, over the past few years, my pleasure reading, has all but ceased.
Then this past weekend, we headed to the beach for a little getaway. The ocean view was spectacular and the weather was glorious. I was so wowed by the serenity of nature, so relaxed and calm, so unwilling to miss a moment of it all, that I completely unplugged, physically and metaphorically.
It was wonderful.
I strolled, sat, conversed, sunned (with my hat and SPF) and read. It was simply divine. I had forgotten how much I really enjoyed reading, getting lost in the words, in someone else's story.
With each turn of the page, I settled deeper into the moment and let go of all the spinning that usually occupies my head. I was hooked all over again. Sun, sea, sand and a book. It was the perfect summer recipe.
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What was eliciting this complete state of rapture? Fifty Shades of Something? Mysteriously missing fiancés or wives? Classic British romances set among castles and aristocracy?
Nope. It was Rob Lowe.
I had read a blog post (go figure), an excerpt from his newest memoir, as he recounted the last days at home before sending his eldest son off to college and I actually wept. Perhaps, it was because I have kids who will be taking me down the same road very soon.
Perhaps it was because we are contemporaries, and even though I do not know him, I have seen so many of his movies, I feel as if I do. Mostly though, I think, it was because the writing was good, really, really good.
Apparently, this was not his first rodeo. He'd already written a book. Stories I Only Tell My Friends was his first memoir and, would you look at that, the library had a copy all set to go. It received very favorable reviews, so I decided to give it a shot. I am glad I did.
I am still not done with the book.
Vacation is over and I have been thrust back into the reality of the last weeks of school and all of the craziness that goes along with them. However, I am determined to finish it and make time each day to read. Surely I can carve out twenty minutes for me.
Even at home, it'll be like a teeny vacation for a sliver of every afternoon.
Now if I could just figure out how to get hotel housekeeping to show up.
Do you read for pleasure as much as you'd like?
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