When I was growing up I read quite a bit. I could spend literally 8 hours straight reading. Not to say I didn’t do other things- but when I was interested in a book – it engulfed me.
My favorite thing about a book was that it I would be immersed in that world. The longer the story the better. I would become slightly depressed when the book ended (ok-sometimes I mooned around for days). I was that kind of reader.
Anyway – my favorite thing to do in the winter or right before it rained in cold weather was be outside reading. It might seem counter-intuitive to be outside in the rain reading but that’s where mom came in.
My favorite way to spend an afternoon was all wrapped up in a chaise lounge in my own cocoon world. I would get a poncho (it was a Sear’s poncho not a real poncho, for any Zappa fans reading this), a lantern, a tarp, a chaise lounge and my book. I would wrap up in the poncho and my mom would patiently wrap me up in the tarp. I could spend hours in my own little world with my book (most likely a Nancy Drew when I was around 12) and a lantern. Every once in a while my Mom would come out and check on me.
These were some of my favorite afternoons.
Thank you Mom –