Happy Mother's Day to all the mothers! I am will be leaving shortly to head down to see my Mom and celebrate with her. It's a two hour bus ride so I will doing some more traveling with The Lost Girls: Three Friends. Four Continents. One Unconventional Detour Around the World. - it is a fun travel memoir about three girls who abandon their hectic city careers to travel for one year. I wish I had their gumption!
Sharing A Love of Reading With My Mom
Last year I wrote about how my Mom and I share a love of reading; here is an excerpt:
Reading was a big part of my childhood - I distinctly remember my Mom taking us to the library and reading us a book each night before bed. Eventually, I would go the library alone and was reading under the covers way past "lights out". Interestingly, I rarely saw my Mom read a book - she read the paper but not books so I never considered my Mom a reader. What I didn't appreciate then was that she couldn't fit reading into her demanding schedule of work, childcare and homemaker - reading became one of many sacrifices my Mom made for her family.
A few years ago my parents retired early and Mom found herself with more time than she knew what to do with so she began reading. Knowing how much I read, my Mom would ask me for recommendations and I discovered the joy of sharing books with my Mom. Our tastes are a little different but there is definitely overlap . . .
. . . my mother's and my shared love of reading brings so much more - it offers us a language in which we relate to each other as friends and peers as opposed to mother and daughter. I have discovered quite a bit about my Mom in our discussions about books - revelations I know would not have been shared in any other context.I have included a book in my Mom's Mother's Day present - Dance Lessons by Aine Greaney. I loved this book and think she will too.
Some other reads that I will recommend to my Mom:
Do you share reads with your Mom (or children)? What are your recommendations?