Date Days & Fiction Books

We’re doing a mid-week session today due to the office being closed Monday because of the holiday.

After seeing my therapist today I was extremely blown away when she asked permission to hug me at the end of our session. Like, hey, just told you about some of my deep dark feelings and you want to hug me? You’re extremely trusting, but that’s the best kind of therapist to have.

Since I didn’t get to do my norm on Monday, B took me on a date day. New nails, Barnes & Noble and Mexican for lunch.

I talked him into getting not one, but TWO, real live fiction books! He’s never read one before, unless they assigned it back in school, but even then, I’m not sure I could say he really read it.

He loves to read, he just prefers non-fiction books and doesn’t entirely understand the make believe perks of a fiction book. I explained it the best I could to get him into the idea, but how do you properly explain it when there just aren’t words for the delight of a world that’s not yours? A world where you can sink into the characters, be who they are, feel their feelings. You enter a whole new world where nothing is impossible, you have no idea what’s around the corner.

The best escape from the real world is a good book, written well, full of detail, that can let you leave the frustrations or anxieties of the real world behind, if even for just a minute. My only problem is when I get sucked in, I can’t put it down until I’m done, even if that means staying up until 3 a.m. just to see what great mystery is around the corner. The intrigue of what’s coming in the next paragraph, the next page, the next chapter.

My newest endeavor is Every Vow You Break by Peter Swanson. I’ve never read anything by him and I’ve hardly touched the first page, but I’m extremely intrigued.

There’s a 50/50 chance of rain today and I can only hope. I should be home just in time to put the kids down for naps and I’ll be able to cozy up in a chair with a blanket and hot coffee while I start my adventure in my new book. We even have one of those fancy comfy swings I might hang in the living room to snuggle up in.

My honest, real advice for today, so far, is to get yourself a good book to dive into and get yourself a shrink. Both are capable of doing great things for you. Sometimes a simple escape from the reality of life can be a sweet little break you didn’t know was possible. Take a break from the real world. Dive into one with unexpected twists and turns, or read an old favorite you haven’t pulled out in awhile that’s sitting collecting dust.

All of this, I suppose, is something to do if reading is something you really enjoy. If you don’t care for it, it obviously won’t do anything for you, but I do say you should give it a chance. You might be surprised at how much you enjoy it.

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