A Lady in an Interior
Carl Holsoe (Danish, 1863-1935)
Oil on canvas, Private collection
Reading gives us someplace to go when we have to stay where we are. ~Mason Cooley
A few weeks ago, my mother’s physician prescribed some physical therapy sessions for her. Because my mother doesn’t drive, she relies on me to provide transportation for her, and, being the gentle, unselfish soul she is, she was reluctant to embark on a series of sessions that would take a couple of hours from my day.
“You’re so busy as it is,” she said, “I just don’t want you to be forced to sit there and waste time waiting for me.”
I smiled. “Being ‘forced’ to sit somewhere is actually a blessing in disguise for me,” I told her. “Believe me, having a good reason to sit and read for an hour twice a week is a gift, not a curse!”
I’m sure all you bookish lot will agree ~ whenever we “have to stay where we are,” reading gives us someplace to go and provides a perfect way to spend the time.