“Books are a uniquely portable magic.”

The morning was a busy one for me. Alexa woke me up at the ungodly hour of 7:30 because I wanted time for coffee and the papers before my doctor’s appointment at 10 in Hyannis. It wasn’t raining, but it had rained last night, and everything was still damp. And again, no sun and lots of clouds.

The fog hadn’t burned off so the tops of the the trees were missing. The sun tried twice to break out of the clouds. Even though I was rooting for it, the sun disappeared again and hasn’t been seen since. It is much warmer than it has been but not as warm as I thought it would be.

The doctor looked at new x-rays and said my bone was knitting correctly. I just have to keep it in the splint. That was the good news. The bad news was it will take around 10 weeks to completely heal. That means I have six more weeks wearing this ugly black velcro splint. I go back to see him in four weeks.

I went to the bank this morning and the ATM didn’t work for me. I wrote a check then went to the window. A breeze took my check and it blew onto the car’s windshield behind my car. I got out and fetched it. I told the teller the ATM was on the fritz. From there I went to get my haircut. It was the longest it has been in years not due to fashion but laziness. My last stop was a reward for me for all I had done before noon. I went and got coffee and a Boston cream donut at Dunkin’ Donuts. The donut was messy but so tasty.

It’s official, spring is on its way. We have gained over an hour of sunlight, and yesterday I saw two shoots breaking through in the front garden. I actually cheered out loud.

Rolling around in my memory drawer are fragments, lines from books I’ve read. When I think of Treasure Island, “Fifteen men on the dead man’s chest. Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum!” comes to mind. From a book my mother read to me when I was little, “I think I can. I think I can,” has always stayed with me. A huge favorite is still, “In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit,” but my all time favorite children’s book begins, “The Mole had been working very hard, all morning, spring-cleaning his little home.”

I have been reading in bed lately. I haven’t been tired enough to fall asleep. It does take some maneuvering to hold the book in my good hand and turn the pages with the same hand. There is a lot of putting down and picking up. I’ve been reading at least an hour. I always tell myself I’ll stop at the end of the chapter, but I seldom do. I go one chapter then on to another. When I finally turn out the light, I fall asleep right away.

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8 Comments on ““Books are a uniquely portable magic.””

  1. Hedley Says:

    My book shelves usually contain 50 books that I had to have but somehow haven’t got around to reading. Mrs MDH and I have decided to head for a resort on Saturday which means over eating over drinking and books.

    And so I have decided it will be a bunch of paperbacks. There are some books on my ipad, but I like the physical form. I have also sorta made up my mind that once finished they will enjoy a new home in Mexico. No reason to bring them back and let them gather dust.

    Since my reading tends to be somewhat narrow and dry, I am not expecting a huge demand for my discarded books. In anticipation of a very lazy few days I did buy the unabridged audio version of the Bruce Springsteen biography. Some 18 hours of Bruce talking to me.

    I am a fan of David Kynaston, especially his social histories of Britain after the war. This year he chose to release “Till Times last Sand” , a history of the Bank of England. I am going to attempt to march through the 896 pages to see if I can find any description of a young clerk, straight out of Grammar School and stuck in to the tedium of the institution between 1973 and 1977. Gosh, did I really do that ? I hope Kynaston covers that time.

    Reading, music, the Detroit Lions and Tottenham Hotspur – the pleasures of being a simple creature.

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      I think the resort is a wonderful idea to get your minds off the snow. My books go on a tour of sorts. They go from me to a friend then to my sister then when they get back to me, I give them to the local library who shelves them if they don’t have the book or sells them for 50 cents or a buck.

      I too like the physical form of books except when I travel. Usually I have ten or more novels in my iPad. Not much happening most evenings so after dinner so I pack it in and read.

      My reading is mysteries, science fiction and novels. Lately I have been binging on a single author until I have read all the books. I used to do that when I was younger.

      In Africa I read all the time. Luckily my town had a library, and I had a Peace Corps book locker. It was filled with paperbacks including the Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings trilogy. It was a treasure trove.

      That would be exciting to read what you have first hand knowledge of.

      I too think of myself has a simple creature.

  2. Bob Says:

    It’s either feast or famine. We were in a drought until today when the skies opened up with drenching downpours. The rain is so heavy that the sides of the streets are flooding. The weathermen are predicting over three inches this week but I think they are being conservative.

    I enjoy ebooks almost exclusively over printed books. I enjoy that I can carry an entire library on my old iPad and each book can be searched, highlighted and have notes attached to the importance portions. Additionally, I can read in very low or even no light and I can adjust the size of the text depending on how my tired eyes are at the time. Of course I still have printed books to read poolside or at the beach in bright sunlight and never require to charge a battery. I love reading non fiction and biographies and I do carry a couple of novels for variety.

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      We have had those same type rain storms. Last week we were pounded by rain.Your water should be sucked up quickly by the dry ground. The sandy ground here absorbs all the rain. Good thing too as there are no sewers.

      When I travel, I bring e-books because I read so many when I’m on the road. Here I read printed books as I get so many at the library.
      I got two books for Christmas. When I was a kid, I always got new books every Christmas. They were my favorite gifts.

      • Hedley Says:

        Bob and Kat,
        I hear you, I will take a mix of ebooks, audio books and paperbacks. I read newspapers on line so this will be a first with the trusty iPad.

      • katry Says:

        MDH,
        I never travel without my iPad. It was invaluable my last trip to Ghana. Our hotel in Bolga actually had wifi. We sat outside under a woven roof and drank cold cokes, but I do love the feel of books!!

  3. olof1 Says:

    Spring is far away here even if we have so much more daylight now. The temperature will drop and stay low for at least ten days so night will stay around 8,6F. Some nights less cold and others much more so but I do have snowdrops almost in bloom in my garden but they are at the moment covered in deep snow 🙂

    That is my favorite children’s book too 🙂 I often think about it when I walk by the creek, more before since cutting down the trees there sort of got rid of the magic.

    I don’t often remember lines from books, more characters. Like now when I read The hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy and there’s this man who is a local rain god but doesn’t know it himself. All he knows is that he hates rain 🙂 🙂

    Have a great day!

    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      Boston had two days of 70˚ setting new records for the day. Meanwhile, we here on the cape had 54˚ and fog. The news had people walking all over the city while wearing shorts and t-shirts. I was envious. Tomorrow the day will have usual winter weather.

      Every few years I pick up that book and read it and I love it every time.

      I’ve read all of the Hitchhiker books, but the original. the Guide to the Galaxy, is my favorite. The movie is a good one.

      Have a great evening!


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