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Friday, March 12, 2010

Books on Vacation

The trouble with me and vacations is that I rarely have enough space in my luggage to bring enough books to read. I only brought four books: Game Change, Bergdorf Blondes, Crossroads of Twilight, and The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. And that, right there, synthesizes my entire reading preferences, right? A political book, a chick-lit, a fantasy novel, and a hot-shot author. I also bought the Vogue with Tina Fey on the cover, because I had to, you understand.

I planned on reading all four and a half tomes. Instead, I read only 100 pages of Crossroads and that's it. An endless round of clubs (dance and graphite,) sleeping, shopping, and eating ensued. And by endless, I mean completely voluntary attendance. Exits and entrances based on our timetables, not nap times. A two and a half hour lunch at a french restaurant, seated on the patio, sunglasses perched on noses, the finches eating our baguette crumbs. We didn't really have to get up and move, but at some point, we felt like it. And when we felt like it, we forsook karaoke for the hot tub and streaming video to the flat screen.

Sometimes, one of us would let out a string of "Mom, mom, mom, mommy, mom, mom, mommy, mommy..." and then collapse in laughter. There were entire bathroom episodes without a single knock and no fingers under doors. There may have been moments of gold and there were flashes of light. But mostly, it was calm. The kind of calm that is broken only by laughter and dance music. "Are you OK?" Phread asked me as we walked along the shop windows. I hadn't said anything in a while, probably not even cracked a smile, I'd just been.
"Yes," I answered.

When I get to be by myself I can be quiet, calm, and not talk. I do that at home after everyone has gone to bed and the night wraps me up in happy silence. And I got to do that with people near me, during sunlight, and everyone was perfectly awake. No decisions or places to be, no plans. So when I had the time to read, I'd cradle the book in my hand, and I'd sit, in silence, and stare towards a horizon. Reading is my usual escape, and what do you do when you're already escaped?

15 comments:

Amy said...

I read about the vacay from Phread. Sounds delightful.

No fingers under the bathroom door? Wow. How would that be?

~j. said...

You read Twilight.

Gerb said...

Friends, books, food, shopping, hot tubs AND silence? Sounds like a bit of heaven.

Beeswax said...

I was thinking about getting a Kindle just to solve this vacation problem. I always fill my carry-on with like 2000 pages of paperbacks, just in case. Sometimes, you don't need it, but not taking the books feels like camping without a pocket knife.

Not that camping is my idea of vacation. The hot tub sounds better.

Emily said...

As I'm typing this my youngest is whining for her polka dot shoes and her brother just tackled her for a toy. How far to Vegas?

Rebecca said...

Going to the bathroom without interruption sounds divine.

Azúcar said...

And also a completely attainable goal, right? But no. Every time it turns into a party in the bathroom.

thorney said...

I have a Kindle with all kinds of books loaded on it for my vacation next week. Friends, food, and fun.

Mindy Gledhill said...

Hey Azúcar, what books would you recommend to someone who has reader's ADHD? I'm not saying I rarely finish a book, I'm just saying I know a friend of a friend who can't.

Azúcar said...

I am scared of the Kindle. I am rough on my books and electronic devices. I'm terrified that I'll drop the Kindle in water. Until they make those things waterproof, I'm out.

Mindy, I'd ask what was the last books that they read, liked, and finished.

Vera said...

Vielen Dank für deinen Kommentar! Ich war gerade in den USA (to visit my mormom friends ;-))und habe von zwei Büchern genau 20 Seiten gelesen. But at least I got a lot of sleep, tons of good food and was around some of the nicest people. So I guess it was all worth it, right?

Vanessa said...

Oh this trip is sounding quite divine. I need to plan one asap
Also if you lived close by I would ask to borrow that magazine...going to try to look for it online...
-vanessa from inevergrewup.net

Geo said...

Not everyone knows what to do with silence. Glad you can love and that you got to. And in such great company!

Petit Elefant said...

I'm so happy you took this trip. SO happy.

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