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I worked 11 hours today and then I came home and baked a cake.

I am officially too tired to think of anything to write. So I leave you with this, which is something someone else wrote but which I could have:

"Explaining the moment of connection between a reader and a book to someone who's never experienced it is like trying to describe sex to a virgin. A friend of mine says that when he meets a book he loves, he starts to shake involuntarily. For me, the feeling comes in a rush: I'm reading along and suddenly a word or phrase or scene enlarges before my eyes and soon everything around me is just so much fuzzy background. The phone can ring, the toast can burn, the child can call out, but to me, they're all in a distant dream. The book—this beautiful creature in my hands!—is everything I've ever wanted, as unexpected and inevitable as love. Where did it come from? How did I live without it for so long? I have to read and read and read, all the while knowing that the more aggressively I pursue by passion, the sooner it will end and then I will be bereft."

~Sara Nelson, from So Many Books, So Little Time


While I was writing this, someone started setting off fireworks outside, so Anders and I went out on the deck to watch. It's so beautiful out right now. Dark and quiet, with just a few retorting booms and glittering shivers disappearing down the starline. Crickets are snickering in the edges of the garden and a moth is fluttering round and round the porch light. Perhaps he feels about lights the way I feel about books.
mood: drained
music: some crap on the tv that's giving me a headache


Me and the moth both. Give me books, walls of my books, around me as a castle walls. From this defense I can conquer any argument, win over any foe, for within these books are all the kindnesses, all the knowledge, all the knowing one needs of the world.

Books. As with the naked flame, I shall be consumed by them.

I can't believe you pulled off baking a cake. I can't do that rested, or at least, I can BARELY do that rested. I loved the book quote. I'm a bookaholic. There was a great short piece in The Sun magazine this month about books & how they provide a better escape from reality than any other entertainment medium--written by a prison inmate. Interesting stuff. Do you read to your kids? My mom did--and it was the best thing she ever did for me, I think. Definitely something I already do with my little guy...can't wait though to move past the genre of Goodnight Moon, into some of the chapter books I loved as a child.

We read to our kids every night, and have since they were babies, like you :) They get 2 picture books apiece or 6 pages in books with a lot more text (each) and for chapter books, which I've been reading to Martin for some time now, he gets 1-3 depending on how long they are, since we only have about 20 minutes for reading. But then he reads in bed until he falls asleep. Karin just starting reading and she finds it much more toilsome than Martin did, so she tends to look at picture/comic books instead. Martin and I have read Stuart Little, Trumpet of the Swan, Charlotte's Web, Charlie & the Chocolate Factory, Charlie & the Great Glass Elevator, James & the Giant Peach, and Mary Stewart's The Little Broomstick. I'm going to read them The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles next if I can talk him into it since it doesn't have any pictures.

And the cake was a mix, so it wasn't all that difficult :) But still.

How old is Martin? He might really like The Lion the Witch & The Wardrobe--I read that to my third grade class and they LOVED it. Also, The Borrowers, and any book by Louisa May Alcott... and oh, the list goes on and on. I'm SO GLAD you read to them. It's such a great ritual. And dont worry about Karin not enjoying reading yet herself--reading aloud to her will make her love books...which is all that really matters. I HATED reading (and struggled with it) till I was in 5th grade...

We've talked about The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and he's interested, but still wants books with some pictures, so we're not quite there yet. He's 7.5, turning 8 in December. Karin also looks at books in bed, but she's never been as interested in books as Martin, he was reading when he was 5 in both English and Swedish :) I don't have the Borrowers (what an oversight!) but I do have nearly everything Louisa May Alcott ever wrote. I tried to suggest Heidi the other day, but Martin poo-poohed it after looking at the cover, which, admittedly, is pretty lame. :D

wow, how do you find the time? a cake!

I don't find it. I make it. I got home at 7:45 and Anders asked me if I would make one tomorrow (today now) for our canoe trip. That meant less time sleeping in, so I figured it was better to just get it done last night, even though what I really wanted to do was go straight to bed. I am PROCRASTINATION-KILLER!

I love fireworks but only professional ones and pref from a distance because my ears are very sensitive, but I enjoy the colors and the anticipation of never knowing what comes next.

It was only a handful and they weren't right overhead. :) They sure were pretty, though!


Too exhausted to write...yet you still manage to give us a gorgeous paragraph. You're too much. :) ~Marilyn

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