Reading is one of my favorite hobbies. I am not necessarily a quick reader, but I am always reading a book. I always read before falling asleep. I love how a book allows one to escape from his/her existence and live vicariously through a character. Some books I read and enjoy and pass them on or donate. Some books I read and fall in love with and must keep and put on my bookshelf. Seeing them there fills me with a sense of accomplishment and sometimes just a quick glance brings back the feelings of why I enjoyed them so. Then there are other books, that change me and I want everyone I know to read them. Here is one such book:
If you haven't yet read this book, I highly recommend it. I read it a few years ago and fell in love with it. Amy Rosenthal is such an amazing writer. This book is humorous yet so poignant. It allows us to recognize that while we all live ordinary lives, to the ones we love, our lives are extraordinary.
I picked this book up off my shelf today and looked through the pages that I had dogeared and I found her entry for 'Y'...'YOU' and I just wanted to share part of it with all of you:
But I was here.
And I did things.
I shopped for groceries. I stubbed my toe. I danced at a party in college and my dress spun around. I hugged my mother and father and hoped they would never die. I pulled change from my pocket. I wrote my name with my finger on a cold, fogged window. I used a dictionary. I had babies. I smelled someone barbecuing down the street. I cried to exhaustion. I got the hiccups. I grew breasts. I counted the tiles in my shower. I hoped something would happen. I had my blood pressure taken. I wrapped my leg around my husband's leg in bed. I was rude when I shouldn't have been. I watched the cellist's bow go up and down, and adored the music he made. I picked at a scab. I wished I was older. I wished I was younger. I loved my children. I loved mayonnaise. I sucked my thumb. I chewed on a blade of grass.
I was here, you see. I was.
I just love this.
I love that she is writing about completely ordinary stuff, but through it I connected with her. It is the ordinary, mundane tasks of our lives that largely define us. Everyday has the potential to be a great day...depending on our attitude and our approach to life.
I'd love to hear what books resonate with you and which books, like me, you will never part with.