Monday, September 04, 2006

Rainy Day Delights

A rainy day can only be made better by not having to go to work. Casey and I had a list of things to accomplish on our day off, but this morning we decided to forget the list and just do whatever we wanted to. How often do you get to do that for a whole day? Although I did do the laundry and make a brief visit to the grocery store, I spent most of the rest of the day on the couch reading. I love reading when it's raining outside - it seems like the appropriate thing to do.

Watching and listening to the rain fall steadily, I sort of imagine myself absorbing into the world of the book I'm reading. To me it's like in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe on the day the Pevensie children were playing inside the Professor's mansion because it was raining - it led Lucy to the vastly different world of Narnia. Man, I love those books. There's a quote from the movie, You've Got Mail, about books you read as children that I really identify with: "When you read a book as a child, it becomes a part of your identity in a way that no other reading in your whole life does." I reread the Chronicles of Narnia last year before the movie came out and I was reawakened to how much they whisked me away as a kid.

There are other books that are so memorable to me as a child that I recall how I felt the first time I read each of them: Anne of Green Gables, Charlotte's Web, Little Women, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Screwtape Letters. Well, those are the best ones although I could probably list more.

1 comment:

Unknown said...

I loved the Little House on the Prairie series, and the Hardy Boys. Those are the first two that come to mind, and they will always have a place in my heart. A full day of drizzly rain was just about the best treat I've enjoyed in a long time. I wouldn't be the kind to feel depressed if I lived in a climate where it rained often- I would love it!