Now why, oh why was this the rarest of pleasures? Unlashed from the bedsheets, my feet warmed to the nubbles of the carpet, then cooled to the smooth of the hardwood, I made my way silently across the floors and step by careful step down the stairs. Hair touseled, glasses askew, barefoot and nightgowned. Still dark, the house hummed.
Ah! It was just where I left it. In a moment it was cradled in my arms. A moment more and I was cushioned into an armchair, feet tucked under and the book—oh that book—cracked open at last!
Today there would be no rules, no convention, no conversation. No heart-pounding have-tos, no “should be doing” guilt, no getting dressed, no real meals.
Today there would be no breathless snatches of a slap-dash quick read, a wrench back to reality coupled with an anxious pining for more, desperate for the torn moments and a hungering return to the story.
Today I am subsumed and submerged yet wafted aloft, buffeted and plummeted with my story from beginning to end. I float from armchair to sofa, from the lounge to the porch, from the attic to flat out on the floor. A progressive read from the bottom of the house to the top, my eyes never leaving the page. Oh what a ride!
Dawn becomes noon and noon becomes night. Thousands of sizzling words jumbled into a joyous Jenga tower! And then at breathtaking last, with a contented sigh I am done.
Like the sweet never-ending all day giant jawbreakers of my childhood, a whole day read.
I’ll do it again!