Thursday, April 24, 2008

ssssssh. mommy's reading.


You may have noticed I'm a little quiet again. The first reason is because it's that time of month. No, not that... it's the time of month I have deadlines for some of the freelance writing I do, and so therefore I have to MAKE myself do the work so I can be paid. The second reason is that I have a book calling my name. It's the PREQUEL to Anne of Green Gables, people. This is not a casual "read just whenever" book, this is serious bizness. With serious bizness, I have to make bargains with myself so I will not shirk my regular duties to read... so, I told myself when the laundry was done and when my drafts have been sent in for approval, I would be allowed to sit.and.read. I reached both of those goals this morning. Yahoo.
Now, because you aren't one of my children, you don't know one of my deepest darkest shames. But because some of you are quickly becoming my friends, you should probably know this now, before you decide you like me and then fall into the depths of despair when you discover this about your new friend...

I am a terrible mother when I have a book in my hand. Years ago, my husband more than once came home from work to find toddler children with wet, soggy diapers, growling tummies, and glazed over eyes from watching 9 straight hours of PBS. Where was their mommy? Reading the Left Behind Series. Similar trauma for my husband during my John Grisham phase, who claims to have threatened to leave me forever to which I allegedly replied "That's nice, hon." Oh, and the discovery of Robin Jones Gunn... well, that led to what my family calls the great cold cereal marathon of 2006.

I've learned my lesson. I only read after the children have gone to bed, after I have done what needs to be done, and only when I am so tired I know I will eventually go to sleep. I have been known to tell myself "one more chapter" as the sun is coming up even though I know I will be sorry. Of course, if I'm sick or something, I'll read until my eyes bleed if nobody makes me stop.

However, despite my best efforts for self-control, with the single gifting of this book, my penchant for neglect has now spread into my bloggy world... I confess I have been staying away from bloglines all week with the selfish goal of getting everything done so I can ignore you more, and read my book.

It ain't pretty, but it's true. I do promise to tell you all about it when I'm done. I'll even write a review, like some of you have asked. I just can't wait one minute longer....

Now, shhhhh. Mommy's reading.

“You parents—if your children ask for a loaf of bread, do you give them a stone instead?
Matthew 7:9
*hangs head*

15 comments:

Melissa @ Breath of Life said...

I'm an avid reader myself. Often to the detriment of my family. I'm trying to be better about it, though.

Hope to hear about the book!

CableMonkey said...

I do not know what is more embarrassing, my guilty pleasure of loving the Ann of Greene Gables movies, or the secret shame that I have not read the books.

I can always buy them for Taylor and we can enjoy them together.

-David

mer said...

I love to read too, and will neglect a myriad of chores to finish a book!

Hey...I checked that book out from the library a few weeks ago, but didn't get to start it before I had to turn it back in. Tell me what you think!!!

Halfmoon Girl said...

After a trip to the library, I stay up till all hours reading. I don't do it during the day, cause I don't like to be interupted. Please do give us a review- I 'm not reading it if it is too sad.

Becky said...

We are soooo tracking on this, woman!

Icome from a long line of avid readers, and myself remember my own mom plying us with M&M's so she could read. I, too, have to force myself to read only at night or when Judah is napping, and ONLY if everything is done.

And it's soooo hard! Especially if I have good books in my TBR pile, beckoning me every time I pass my nightstand...

PJ said...

I'm with you!!! I mean, really! WHich is more exciting, changing a dirty diaper or reading one more chapter??? Duh!!! I think you just gave me a blog idea -- my one-room school and the selection of reading on that shelf!!!

Cindy-Still His Girl said...

WHAT??! Is that a real book? I've never seen it! Can't wait to hunt it down. I LOVE Anne. :)

Gotta GROW with it said...

you are such a hoot! now if i could just get some of that love for reading and give it to my 1st grade son. oh the adventures to be had. glad you get a moment to enjoy some time to yourself, especially after working so hard. your self discipline makes me hang my head in shame...oh to be more like his girl! we love ya and have missed you!

Sing4joy said...

Oh my goodness! I nearly peed myself with laughter while reading this post and its comments. Good thing I didn't though because apparently no one would put down their book long enough to help me clean it up!!

Jenn said...

You make me laugh! I was that way with the left behind series. I am going to have to pick up a Robin Jones Gunn book. I am sad to admit that I tend to buy books more than use the library. We even have a brand new beautiful library. i need to go there more often.

I noticed you finished the book. Off to read your review! :o)

Shauna said...

HAHAHAHA! I KNEW I liked you! You sound just like me. A book is a powerful drug to me.

Teri said...

I totally GET this post. I am actually the same way when i am reading. This is why I LOVE summer. I read read read and sleep in!

Rachel said...

Wow! I thought I was reading a post about myself there for a minute. I have to admit I've never met anyone that is in love with Anne Of Green Gables anything as much, if not more than me. It's so exciting. I think I've found a "bossom friend!" This book you're talking about, I will marching myself right on over to Amazon.com to order it right this very second.

Jenster said...

And this is why you can be my bosom friend! How many times have my family asked what's for dinner and I said, without even looking up, "Whatever you can find." How many times have I gone to bed around 2:00 or 3:00, only to get up at 6:00? How many books have I read in a day, only to start the next in the series without even a potty break?

Hello. My name is Jenster and I'm a bookaholic.

Hey! My Katie and I want to take a trip to Prince Edward Sound some day. Wanna come along???

Jenster said...

OH! Forgot to tell you. Cordelia was in the running for a name for the puppy. But Katie and I were the only two who appreciated that one. :o)