Today I realized two reasons why I love to read:
1: It makes me proud.
I got my car detailed today (I haven’t had a car this clean inside and out for YEARS!). While I was waiting, there were 3 men around me who were also waiting, and they were all doing something on their smartphones. I pulled out my Alice in Wonderland book and started reading where I had left off last time I was waiting for something. And yes, it made me proud to be a book reader amongst the smartphone men. Who knows, maybe they were reading a book on their smartphone (I doubt it). However, there is just something about holding a book in your hand that makes it more worthwhile.
2: One word can trigger the memory of a whole story.
I have recently (meaning last week) discovered the beauty of Panko bread crumbs. And after my car wash today I went to the grocery store and I bought pork chops (among other things). So when I got home, I looked for a recipe involving pork chops and Panko bread crumbs. Found quite a few, and decided on one after I read “No need for frying, this oven baked, lower fat pork chop recipe is delicious served with pasta and your favorite simple marinara or puttanesca sauce.”
Is it the “no need for frying” that got to me? NO.
Is it the “lower fat” that got me? NO.
Was it the “puttanesca” that got me? ABSOSTINKINLUTELY YES.
The last (and only) time I hard the word “puttanesca” was when I read A Series of Unfortunate Events. I love that series!
Reading the word “puttanesca” again brought back the memory of Violet, Klaus, and Sunny being forced to cook for the evil Count Olaf and making puttanesca sauce. I had never eaten it then, and I still haven’t eaten it (if I ever to make it, I am leaving out the anchovies), but what matters is that ONE WORD can bring back a whole memory of a book I have read. Like magic.
And there you have it. Two of the many reasons why I love to read.
P.S. Shout out to Texas Car Wash on Eldridge here in Houston, TX for doing a great job with my car.
P.P.S. Shout out to all the writers ever.