Reading, Reality, Imagination

Friday June 29, 2012

How can this be the last full week of June? That's hard for me to believe. I love Fridays, though, as we mine the week for its blessings.

I'm linking up with Susanne for Friday’s Fave Five today. Come on over and join us.

My five favorites this week:

1. Cooking and taking care of my family.
I’m no Martha Stewart, and my house does not look like a showplace, but I do love to take care of my family! I usually recognize the joy of this every summer, as I find myself with time to enjoy it. Cooking and cleaning and grocery shopping is no fun when you have a thousand other things to think about, but in the summer I always get this great sense of satisfaction as I put the groceries in the pantry. (Is it just me?)

2. Caring physical therapists. I think last week I wrote about my son’s wonderful doctor, and this week it’s his physical therapists. Two guys are working with him, and they’re just great. They work longer than the appointments call for, they encourage and joke and push him—and they do it well. We’re so thankful for their hard work with him.

3. New opportunities. A young lady who’s very special to my son is looking for a teaching job…and a couple of new opportunities have cropped up this week. We’re excited for her!

4. Family dinner together. College boy is home now, but often my recovering son is still napping during dinner, especially after therapy. This week we’ve had several dinners all together, though, and it’s great to have both of them at the table!

5. A quote:

“Reading is escape, and the opposite of escape; it’s a way to make contact with reality after a day of making things up, and it’s a way of making contact with someone else’s imagination after a day that’s all too real.”
(Nora Ephron)

If you’ve been here much, you know how I feel about reading so you know how excited I was to read this quote. Reading is a door into other worlds, and I love that.

Hope you’re enjoying this last bit of June.

For the love of reading,


kendal said...

love that nora ephron quote. glad your andrew is making progress and that your youngest is home for the summer. ENJOY!

Jean Wise said...

Very appropriate to have a Nora quote this week and such a good one too. Love your list. Been thinking about cooking too lately. Not something I really enjoy but now with Bill cooking we are trying new recipes. Yes it is refreshing and something to be very grateful for.

Barbara H. said...

I've often thought that the thing I most dislike about cooking is having to stop whatever else I am doing to do it. I imagine that's even more of a problem when teaching. I'm glad you're able to relax and enjoy it now.

So glad for good therapists and job opportunities and dinners together!

Amy @ Hope Is the Word said...

I'm rediscovering my love of cooking after a hectic spring, too. I love that reading quote!

ellen b. said...

The last few days of June...time flies. So glad therapy providers are working well for your son. It really is a blessing to see everyone's face around the table. Enjoy your weekend.


We will miss that sweet Nora.

Summer dinner with your boys ... happy for you.

Donnetta said...

2nd place in the last hour that I've read about it being the last week in June and I didn't even realize that before then. ACK! Where is the time going?

How wonderful to have compassionate caregivers for your son! Makes encounters like those easier to encounter.

And great that your college son is home, and that you've had some dinners together! Nothing quite like family time...

Susanne said...

Dinner with everyone at the table really is a blessing nowadays! Love cooking too but it's in summer that I tend to get lazy with it.

Jerralea said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE that quote - that's what I do, read to escape bad days, and also, read to get other things out of my head.

So glad your summer is going well. Your family needs a season of stress free blessings.

Faith said...

love that quote and you'l find me reading for all kinds of reasons! lol...I actually don't watch TV, would rather read!! great list of faves especially the part about your boys having dinner with you. aren't the only one who feels that way about managing the home/shopping in the summer months. I have now been on summer vaca for one week and it is GLORIOUS!! we just go too darn long in June up here in NY...but I'm so thankful for these weeks off! :)

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