Rev. Kathi's Message
“No person who can read is ever successful at cleaning out an attic”
As a child I was often called a “bookworm.” As much as I hated that image, it was true that I loved to read. I could always lose myself in a good book and not come back to reality for hours.
To this day, books are my favourite way of escaping and relaxing. But, is it possible to have too many books? Or to get too lost in a fictional world?
I find that lately I read very little unless I am on vacation. When it doesn’t matter much if I stay up late to finish “one more chapter” that turns into twenty. Anyone who joins me at the cottage has to be open to a quiet time early each afternoon when I am not going to be chatting about the loons (no babies again this year!) or the temperature of the water (warmer than ever!) or the neighbour’s nephew with the jet ski (!). It is just the hammock or a comfy chair, a good read and me. My closest friend brings me books every year and we read side by side – I think that’s why she is my best friend.
Last month I think I hit a new high – 17 books: some historical fiction, some sci-fi, some crime novels, all of them fiction and none of them church-related. I was immersed in reading for 24 days. It was a perfect break. But on my last day of vacation I had left one book unread. I realized that I was ready to get back to reality, to work, to you.
That book will wait for another time. Vacation is done for now and I am back – see you on Sunday!