Isn't it funny how days that are supposed to be your "day off" turn into marathons sessions of catch up? It's Labor Day and my husband I have a long list of labors to which we are going to turn our attention. Some of these things have been lingering for a while, waiting until we had a moment to get to them. Some of them are newly urgent issues, like patching a hole in the screened in porch screen created by some two year old neighbor boys at our BBQ last night. :>
And then there's dealing, as Stephen Covey says, with other people's urgencies. In this case, one of our son's greatest worries. We have to get the 9 whiffle balls out of the gutter before it rains. He's afraid they'll wash down the drain and never be seen again. Even though he's seven and very practical, for some reason, the idea that they would come out the drainpipe's end really worries him. (Then again, it would actually have to rain for that to happen, and it hasn't. We're in a drought here in DC.) So, its going to be a full, full day.
It'll be very satisfying to get all this stuff accomplished. It will. I know it. But, you know what I'd really like to do? Read. I'd like to swing in the hammock the kids were enjoying so happily last night, book in hand, cold drink nearby, and lose myself in someone else's story. I've got a stack of yet-to-be read books, and I'm determined to go today or tomorrow and get Scandal's Daughter by our own Bandita Christine Wells. I want to forget about work, not immerse myself in its sticky clutches. (Don't tell my husband, he thinks I'm gung-ho to get all this stuff done! And I am, but...) The month of August was a blur of work, preparation for vacation, going, doing, and returning, laundry after the vacation, and more work. :> Given that, I would love the escape of a great book. As writers, I hope we never forget how vital we are to people, in that we provide that simple, wonderful, sublime escape from the everyday for a mere $3.99 for a debut paperback to $25.99 for a hardcover. A lot cheaper than a plane ticket, hotel, car rental for a "real" escape!
A great book has added benefits too. It can make the waiting room at the doctor's office disappear; it can make the pile of laundry nearly fold itself, if you've got a book holder so you can read as you fold. It can even make the nerve-stretching wait for a biopsy or a CAT Scan bearable by removing the reader from whatever tense reality is happening, and transport them to another world. There may be - should be! - great tension, action or passion in our books, but the delicious thing is, as a reader, it's not YOUR tension. It's all in the story. It somehow makes the reader's own challenges more bearable.
So on this lovely Labor Day, are you laboring or relaxing? If you're going to read, tell us, has a great book ever saved you from worry? Gotten you on the plane and across the country before you remembered you hate to fly? Has a good read been a lifesaver for you? Oh, and by the way, Happy Labor Day!