We’ve all had times when life is hard. Sometimes it’s so sour that we make a face or even tear up over it. Sometimes it’s just too bitter to handle at the moment and you can’t find the sugar in your life for lemonade. Hey, sometimes I’ve been so frustrated with my lemons that I’ve used sound effects to exclaim just how sour they are.
Maybe you are sick. Maybe you are in pain. Maybe you are having a hard time paying bills on time or even paying them at all. Maybe you are not the one sick or in any other trouble, but you are dealing with the troubles of a friend along side of them. Maybe you are just miserable with your surroundings.
I’ve heard it said multiple times that life just “isn’t fair”. Yes, sometimes the “good guys finish last”. Yet, if there is one thing that I have learned from not being the wealthiest person in the world, not being the prettiest person in the world, and having a child go through something that would send any parent into a “mid-life crisis” (Dude, I know. I’m not even 26 yet.), you can find an escape if you look hard enough.
Or maybe, if you are like me, you don’t have to look farther than your bedside table.
How wonderful would it be to travel to a new place where the grass is greener, the sky is bluer, and time travel is possible?
I know what you are thinking. “OH NO! Not another post about reading!” Yep, another one, but PLEASE hear me out.
When was the last time you let yourself get sucked into a book, instead of watching TV or focusing on the issues at hand. DISCLAIMER: I am not saying that there is no time or place for TV. In fact, when Ney was in the hospital for 3 weeks, I spent a lot of time watching Family Guy just so I could laugh. I actually watched the entire series during that time. Would I have normally watched Family Guy? Probably not, but it got me through 3 of the hardest weeks of my life.
Now back to our previously scheduled program…
I just recently (as in TODAY) finished reading a book that covered time-travel, travel on sea, scandal, death, love, friendship, betrayal, and magic. This book transported me through a stone circle (like Stonehenge) to a time where disease was prevalent but the cure was not. I felt like I was this character, coming back to my long lost love, and feeling devastated when she found out he’d married again, thinking her dead. I felt the frustration of this character as she was stolen off a boat to save the lives of other crewmen who had the plague, and seeing how she barely made a dent in the halting of the disease’s spread. I saw the “witchcraft” in having needles with penicillin back in the 1700s that she used to treat her husband when he had gotten an infection. As I read, I saw Jamie’s red hair glowing in the sun. I heard the sound the stones made as they tried to transport me through them back to the future and felt just how terrifying it was. I smelled the saltiness of the ocean water and felt the rocking of the boat.
Did the author paint me an amazing picture of the sounds of the voices, how the characters looked, and what actions they did? OF COURSE! Any good author does that in a novel. Yet there is so much room for your imagination to run wild. The author decides that the waves are high, but in your mind you can decide whether they are 5 or 6 feet tall. The author can tell you that the sun “had shone through the clouds”, but only you can decide how many sunbeams you want to see. The author can tell you that the grass was green, but only in your mind can you decide how green.
I know I’m probably kicking a dead horse. I know many people just don’t like to read and that nothing I say or do will change their minds. I’ve already witnessed a situation today where my words made no difference to a person’s thinking, so I don’t really think that what I say will make a difference in the life of a person who just hates books. I guess that I am not talking to that person.
The person that I am talking to is someone who used to love reading, but just hasn’t been able to “find the time” to pick up a book. The person I am talking to is someone, who like me, could use to get lost in another time and place. The person I am talking to is the person who could make lemonade during a bad situation, just because there was a book nearby that they could escape into.
Lemons (bad situations) aren’t always that bad, if you have a book nearby to sweeten them with.
Megan A.K.A. “Mom”