A little bit of unexpected luxury entered my life last night. My husband and daughter decided they HAD to get a final swim of the season in before the pool closed for its annual drain and clean in January. So they headed off for a night of fun (I hear they watched Elf) and will be back home this afternoon smelling faintly of chlorine. We’ll probably have an awesome dinner, swimming tends to lead to big appetites.
This left me at home last night all by myself. I made myself a dinner of leftovers. Rice and Prime Rib if you are curious. The cat and the dog were both jealous. I sat by the fire and looked at our tree that has become a fire hazard and considered my options.
Oh what to do with a couple of hours of silence and no to do list? Pure bliss. Go for a run? Work on a quilt? Watch a movie? Sit aimlessly and do absolutely nothing? Tempting.
In then end, I went with what I always do. A book in the bath. Every time.
My parents got me two boxed sets of books for Christmas. One set was the complete selection of Roald Dahl. I can’t wait to read the BFG to my daughter when she’s ready for a chapter book. I know everyone loves Charlie and the Chocolate Factory but my personal favorite of Roald Dahl’s has to be Danny the Champion of the World. What a fighter that kid. Too fun.
The second set was the Wrinkle in Time set by Madeline L’Engle. I adore everything by Ms. L’Engle. I love that she writes Children’s Literature but she doesn’t think children are idiots. Her books are all smart and funny and heart warming and creative.
I sat in the bath last night and read A Wrinkle in Time. The whole thing. I had to add more hot water. It was totally lovely.
Here are just a few of my favorite quotations from the book.
Like and equal are two entirely different things.
But you see, Meg, just because we don’t understand doesn’t mean that the explanation doesn’t exist.”
“You’re given the form, but you have to write the sonnet yourself. What you say is completely up to you.”
“Nothing is hopeless; we must hope for everything.”
One of the best parts of my Christmas present was that I thought there were only three books in the Wrinkle in Time series. Turns out there are five. What better gift can you get than more of what you already love?
I trust my daughter will love books her whole life. I hope they push her to grow and create and smile. My family will be home tonight. We’ll talk about swimming. We’ll eat dinner. We’ll maybe do a new puzzle or try to beat each other at Connect Four. Before bed, we’ll read a book.