"I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading!
How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book!"
- Jane Austin, Pride and Prejudice
I don't think there is anyone who can enjoy a book more than my mom. She is "a great reader," as they would say in P&P, and always has some book going.
She's the kind of reader who can tune everything else around her out and be totally engrossed in her book. I remember many a day growing up when during lunch she would pick up her book and read, and we would be so loud and noisy around the table and she wouldn't hear any of it. We would finish our lunch and she would keep reading We would be running around the house screaming and she would keep reading. When we needed to get her attention we would shout something like "the house is on fire!" And she'd calmly look up and say "what?"
She's also the kind of reader who will stay up all night finishing a book. My dad tells a story from very early in their marriage, when my mom was reading A Tale of Two Cities. My dad woke up in the middle of the night to sound of my mom crying. Totally panicked, he sat up in bed asking what was wrong. Nothing! She said. She had just finished her book, and it was so good!
I remember, when I was old enough to stay out late, there was hardly ever a time that I would come home and mom was not sitting up in bed reading. Some mornings our home school would get an extra late start because she just had to stay up and finish a book the night before. And if ever I stayed up late finishing a good book she was always understanding and let me sleep in a little extra.
Another adulthood goal of mine: to become a great reader, like my mom.
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