Read. Nap. Repeat…
My idea of the perfect vacation has changed over the years (and decades). When Reed and I were little kids, Mama and Dad took us on a week’s vacation to Myrtle Beach every summer. What I looked forward to then was spending lots of time floating and frolicking in the surf and sand, looking for shells and sharks’ teeth, and riding the rides at the amusement park. And one night during the week we would usually go to the movies as a family, which was a huge treat and something I always enjoyed.
As an adult with a job and responsibilities of my own, my desires for a vacation are a lot calmer and simpler than they used to be. One of my greatest pleasures on a trip is just being able to read as much, and for as long, as I want to. I’ve been a bookworm since childhood, but as a child, school and reading were my job. So I didn’t always read a lot during my summer vacations. Now, my JOB is my job, and reading often has to take a backseat to the other demands on my time and energy. So now, vacations provide me with a block of time in which I can read all I want.
That probably seems boring to some people, and that’s OK. Some folks are weekend warriors who enjoy adventurous vacations filled with bungee-jumping-rock-climbing-skydiving activities. Cool. I looked into ziplining for this trip and that’s still not out of the question. Flying sounds like a lot of fun to me!
I always bring my Bible with me when I travel, because, like my vitamins and supplements, it is part of my daily nourishment. I would feel lost if I didn’t have it with me. The practice of daily Bible reading doesn’t make me good or pious. It makes me grateful. And over the years it has become a part of the day that I look forward to.
Vacations provide me with a change of scenery, new places to read and write and rest. Right now I am sitting out back enjoying a balmy Gulf breeze, crystal clear blue sky, sunshine and the rippling water of the swimming pool, a scene very unlike the autumn chill we left behind back home. It feels like a different season… a different world.
My friend Eileen, and her husband Brad, have a charity website dedicated to bookworms and reading. It is called gonereading.com. In addition to offering products for reading enthusiasts, the website donates 100% of their after-tax profits to fund reading-related charities, particularly READ Global and Ethiopia Reads. One of their very cool t-shirts summarizes my vacation dreams perfectly:
So, I encourage you to visit http://www.gonereading.com. They don’t offer books, but they offer everything else a bookworm needs and desires to support their reading habits! And they help to provide reading resources to people who would not otherwise have access to them. For now, I am off to enjoy a little more Bookworm Paradise!