Saturday, 2 March 2013

the book battle

About once a year I get books out of the library.  I'm always like, 'why don't I do this more often?'

Then I got home and the books are sitting there, in my canvas bag, all inviting.  With a frisson of excitement I pick the first one off the pile.

"You want to go read?" Ben will ask if he catches me doing this.  His voice always sounds a trifle weary.

Probably because he knows that once I get started I can't stop.

It's Ok if he's home from work, but if I have a book I'm in the middle of, and Ben is working, well... :

Oh.  Right.

I literally have to tear myself from a good book. It's so hard!

But the guilt I feel at neglecting my children overrides it.  I have to wait for those precious few moments in the day when they are absorbed in something, like a movie or playing with trains.  Then I crack open the book again for a few stolen moments.  But they always catch me at it.  They do not like it when I read.

Lately Owen has taken to climbing onto my back like a monkey and slinging his skinny arms around my neck.  Then I have no choice but to crawl around my house and pretend to be a horse, with Owen's bony bum sliding around on my back and Angus' heft on my legs.

Some times I stop and wonder at my luckiness. There's no other way I could experience such love from these little hilarious lovable people.  Let's face it, (those who know me)--I suck with kids. At least, kids that aren't my own. I'm so glad I'm a Mom.


  1. haha I LOVE your cartoon style. and I totally sympathize on how hard it is to tear one's self away from a good book.

  2. you obviously DON'T suck at it. it just took having your own lovable little dumplings to find out. reading is an underwater world and when we read we are whales that only breach for necessities like air and bathroom breaks. even when we do come up for air our minds are still under the waves with our book land.

  3. I totally get the book dilemma! Let me know of any particular good ones you read...

  4. I have the book problem too. I get to take advantage and read when Sloan wants me to cuddle with him on the couch while he watches something. But then I remember I need to limit the amount of tv he's watching and that I should probably get back to life, and tearing yourself away can be so hard. It's always calling back to you in your mind, and it's hard to focus fully on other things that need your attention. I just bought 20s girl. I'm looking forward to reading it!!

    ps, pretty sure you stole my shirt...