I’ve had a lot of things weighing heavily on my mind lately. I have many blessings for which I am very grateful but it seems like we’ve had one major family crisis after another. You all were so kind to me last year as I gave updates on my 35 year-old cousin’s fight against brain cancer. She ultimately lost that battle last June. Last week my aunt was admitted to the hospital for tests concerning her chronic but worsening back pain. She was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer that has spread to her spine and fractured 3 vertebra. What a shocker that one was. She is feeling better now that the pain is under control and will start radiation tomorrow.
She’s so tough and in good hands so that lends some comfort but my mind is reeling and I feel helpless and scared. It’s the late evenings when the house is quiet and everyone else is asleep that I start to think too much. I’m a night owl anyway and I usually use that time to catch up on laundry, reading, reviewing and blogging. I haven’t had much desire or focus to do those things lately though. (Well, that excuse doesn’t work for the laundry so that still gets done.) I’ve missed visiting with you all but I’ll get back to it soon I’m sure. Of course the TV is handy for noise and comic relief so that’s a good distraction. Unfortunately my reading tends to suffer too, at least for a time. While it’s a fantastic distraction I just can’t pay attention and find myself rereading page after page. I did recently finish a James Patterson book and those are always full of action and short chapters. It was an enjoyable story and it kept my mind occupied. The book I’m trying to read now is very well written and has a great sense of humor so that is also a good choice for me. Humor is always a good choice for me. I’ll have to pick carefully from my overflowing shelves for my next selection. I need that distraction.
So I was just wondering, when times are tough in your own life are you able to read? We all have different ways of coping but books seem to be a common thread for most of us so I thought I’d keep the topic about reading. How do your habits change, if at all, and what works for you? May your blessings be many and your troubles be few. Happy reading to all.