This week’s Muse for Monday:
How does your being sick (or injured) affect your reading? Do you read more? Less? Do you pick out a different book than you had already planned? Do you have a “comfort book” that makes you feel better?
My childhood was fraught with illness – nothing serious, happily, but recurring episodes of asthma and bronchitis related to allergy. Many a night I was awake ’til all hours, the vaporizer puffing away in my little bedroom. On those occasion my grandmother often read, usually from Little Women or Heidi. Somehow the sound of her voice with its gentle southern accent kept me from panicking as I struggled to catch a deep breath.
Coincidentally, I’ve been under the weather for the past week. Chronic sinus infections have become the plague of my adult years, and I’ve spent lots of time wrapped in blankets with heating pads and hot teas. Of course there are books to keep me company – nothing too taxing mind you, perhaps an Elizabeth George mystery, or something fun by my friend Sandi Khan Shelton. A really good story that sweeps you up into the thick of it, distracting your thoughts from stuffy heads and ringing eardrums, is just what the doctor ordered.
Hmm…perhaps I’ll even go search out my copy of Little Women. <smiles>