Love is…

905319_593449160666362_714249954_oThis is one of the best definitions of love that I’ve ever read. It’s from one of the books in this series Through Wolf’s Eyes. One of the later ones, though I’m not sure which one now.  It is a good series. I recommend it.

Brook’s Book Nook: Blind Your Ponies



I just reread this book. I first read it a few years ago and I loved it. I was in a book club and one of the other members couldn’t stop talking about how great it was. I have to say that I turned into that person after I read it. I gave it as Xmas gifts to my reader friends. After I first read it, I came away from it wanting to be a better person. It’s that kind of book.

Having now reread it, it didn’t have quite the same impact, but it was still great and like revisiting old friends. It’s about a small town basketball team, but it’s about so much more than that. We always want to root for the underdog to win and definitely there is an underdog here to root for.

There’s No Such Thing as Casual Reading

At least not for me.

I checked out a book from the library the other day. I haven’t checked anything out since Spring Break because I can’t afford to spend homework time in a book. And, of course, I know I will. So, I’m reading this book and it feels nice to just sit and read for a change and it’s been so long…

My son came over while I was engrossed in reading to try to get me to do something with him/for him. I resisted and found myself getting snappy with him over having to stop. That’s when I remembered why and when I stopped seriously reading. It was when he was a little guy and I realized that I was capable of postponing all sorts of important things in order to just finish this chapter, which would lead to another chapter, which would lead to–well, I’m sure you get the idea. So, I stopped. Except for the occasional brief foray back.

One of my big ADD symptoms is difficulty with transitions. Stopping what I’m doing to do something else is really difficult for me. Much like little children often need a preparatory countdown (Ok, Johnny, we’re going to be leaving in 10 minutes, then 5, then 2, etc.) to ease the surprise of having to quickly change gears from playing to leaving, I need similar warning. My son and I have unofficially arranged something like this. I’m not sure he knows we do it.

But, I’m not sure it would work with reading.

Because I don’t read casually. My standard operating procedure with a book is to sit down and read it until it’s done. I devour books. It turns out that they devour me right back. I read quickly. So quickly it’s kinda ridiculous. Most books take a day for me to get through. Maybe two if I try to pace myself. So I’m effectively out of commission for two days if I get a new book.

It’s funny, a lot of people with ADD don’t read very well. In fact, I was reluctant to believe that I had ADD because I do read so well. Then I came across one book that mentioned that some of us, especially with inattentive type, use books, TV, and the internet as escapism in much the same way that others use dangerous, high adrenaline producing behaviors to get a rush and fire up our sluggish brains.

For me, reading is not casual and neither is my son.

I traded books for him because sometimes I know exactly where I should focus my attention.