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Re: Reparenting

Posted by mair on March 20, 2008, at 16:33:55

In reply to Re: Reparenting rskontos, posted by ClearSkies on March 20, 2008, at 12:01:40

This thread is so interesting.

I too read constantly and reading (when I'm not too depressed or anxious to concentrate) is still a source of comfort and escape. I tend to buy books even when I know I'm not going to read them for awhile. One of the pleasurable things about taking a vacation is going through my stockpile of unread books and picking out the ones I want to take with me.

I told my T that, as a child, I used to be able to walk into my house and take the emotional temperature. The emotional temperature usually had something to do with my father's moods. If I thought I wasn't going to want to be anywhere near him, I'd grab a book and a snack and leave. I had a favorite tree down the street. That's where I'd hide out.

I, too, spent alot of time in the local library. Probably because I'm older than all you guys, I remember loving Nancy Drew mysteries (many of which were very dated when I read them) and a wonderful series of I'm sure very inaccurate and incomplete biographies of famous historical persons written for children. Part of the escape was imagining what it was like to be living in a particular time at a particular place. I still do it some.

One book I remember truly loving was A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. I bought it a few years ago thinking it would be fun to read it again. I wasn't able to make it past the first couple of pages. Given that, I'm not sure I'd get much of value by going back through those books now, even if I had them.

While very few of my favorite books survived, I've zealously protected and saved some of my own childrens' books. These are mostly ones which I read to them. Probably the ones I've kept are more my favorites than there's. They don't seem to care if I keep any of them.





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