Things are pretty tough around here right now. The dairy industry is in bad shape and we are at a crossroads with our business. Just as everyone has been hurt by this economy, the American farmer is suffering more than ever. No fun at all. It’s stressful and each day is filled with a renewed sense of anxiety. More than ever, I have been looking for an escape… and so I recently went back to something that helped me last winter… the Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer.
Steel started the whole thing when he read the first one last fall for school. He demonstrated so much interest that I had to read it for myself to find out what all the fuss was about. At that same time, I was suffering from a respiratory virus that would not go away. I had bi-weekly visits to the doctor, was on several forms of medication and breathing treatments and nothing seemed to help. When the doctor said that he was considering hospitalizing so that he could treat me with an IV and enforce from much needed rest, I knew it was serious. So… I cleared my schedule and stayed home and in bed for 3 straight days, reading. I would get up just to take a shower, eat, put on a clean pair of pajamas and go right back to bed and to my book. I read books 2, 3 and 4 of the Twilight series in 3 days. It was a total escape for me… mind, body and soul. I was able to get the physical and mental rest that I needed and felt renewed and healed when I was finished.
I picked it up again recently, hoping for some of the same relief and I have not been disappointed. Part of me feels as though it’s a bit of a waste of time re-reading the same book… (after all, there are so many I have yet to read) but I knew I could count on this book to grab my attention and keep me distracted for the time being. I just finished it again today and it worked. Although my other responsibilities have suffered a bit, it has offered me a momentary lift from my burdens.