“A house without books is like a room without windows. No man has a right to bring up his children without surrounding them with books, if he has the means to buy them.” This is a quote from Horace Mann.
I saw the first sentence of this quote on a plaque some years back and I found it very appropriate for our family. I looked up the full quote a few years ago when I was taking a memoir writing class. Our assignment was to choose a quote and then write a piece that showed how it exemplified a part of our life.
I chose this quote because of my Mother and her love for books. I was especially pleased with the piece when it was finished. Mom would have loved it.
I always remember my Mother with a book, she was always, Always reading. She led by example and instilled in Ele and Me the love of books and reading.
When I started working in Mt. Holly which was a 25 mile commute each way, I discovered the joy of audio books. They are very expensive to buy, but my local library had a decent collection of them. I also found that I could go to the county library’s website and request audio books from throughout the system and they would be delivered to my local library and I could return them to the local library…all for Free! I wish I had found out about it sooner, I could have “read” so many more books during my commute.
The company of my audio books allowed me to drive those distances and not care if there was traffic or backups. I was set. My only fear was that I’d finish a book before I got home or before I was able to order another. I tried very hard to always have one waiting to start when I finished the current one. As much as my Mom loved reading, she would have been happy that I found a way to add more books into my life.
Now I’ve found a new way. It’s called a Playaway.
It’s a marvelous little contraption that allows you to listen to a book hands free.
It’s tiny, roughly about the size of a credit card only thicker. It comes with the strap to carry it around your neck. You have to supply your own earphones or you can buy them from the library.
The operation of it was a little quirky until I figured it out, but now that I know how to work it, I love it. I got it originally so that I could listen while doing the exercise bike or the treadmill. It works great for that.
Now I’ve started to listen to it while I’m working in the basement sorting and packing. It’s great! Just as listening to the audio books on the long commute made the time fly by, the same thing is happening as I work toward getting ready for our move. It’s an amazing thing.
I even figured out how to search the library website exclusively for the Playaways.
Now if I can finish the two books that I’m actually reading, I’ll be all set. I was reading A Discovery of Witches when it was time to leave for Florida.
I didn’t feel like carrying a hardback book on the plane. So I left off and started reading The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay.
Kavalier and Clay has been hard to get into so I didn’t read that much of it while I was away. I’ve been trying to finish Witches and I keep falling asleep. But I will get it done. I watch too much TV and need to get more reading done overall.
That’s where the Playaway will come in handy. It’s a wonderful tool and the best part is…it’s FREE!!
Haven’t posted a sunset in a while mainly because there haven’t been any pretty ones, but there was a pretty one last night.
Off to face the day and Read! Have to make my Mother proud!!