First I want to send another huge THANK YOU to AyrSpace Gallery in Ontario as two more of my canoes have sailed off...this time as a wedding gift for avid paddlers. This is such a lovely way to begin this Thankful Thursday. Plus, we'll be unveiling this year's AIRdirondack Chair Project at the Empty Bowls Festival in Nose Creek Park this weekend. Such an exciting week!
Throughout my life books have been my saving grace...as a nerdy young girl I always felt safe and welcome in the library so it's no surprise that I work in one now. I began with Encyclopedia Brown and Nancy Drew, then moved on to Judy Blume's 'Are You There God, It's Me Margaret', 'Lord of the Flies', 'The Outsiders', 'Pygmalion' and then as I got older I began to appreciate fiction and more Canadian literature, with Margaret Lawrence's 'The Stone Angel' being one of my favorites to this day. I even had the opportunity to see Shirley Douglas play the role of Hagar in an intimate theatre many years ago which was probably the best play I've ever seen.
When I was expecting our daughters, it was children's books I purchased first. A few of my favorites are still 'Edwina the Emu', 'The Mitten', and 'Guess How Much I Love You' though the first story I read the girls as toddlers was 'The Hobbit'...another favorite from my youth.
To this day I bring a book wherever I go, which is a terrific way to spend time waiting in medical and dental offices with children. Instead of being a chore, it becomes a highly anticipated venture. I've tried audio books and e-readers but there is just something about books. Both our daughters have their own bookshelves and we have two large bookcases in our home and though we donate so many we cannot help ourselves.
The best days are those spent reading, whether together with my family or on my own at Starbucks. Oh...that and painting.