|Reading doesn't just mean books - it can mean nerdy magazines, too!|
- Les Miserables
- Crime and Punishment
- The entire Dealing with Dragons series
- The Poisonwood Bible
- The Toilers of the Sea
- Treasure Island
I made it through The Toilers of the sea and Treasure Island on the honeymoon, and am in the middle of Crime and Punishment at the moment. Verdict is...so far, I love these books even more now than I did when I was younger. I think the perspective of age and having lived in the real world a bit gives them more depth and flavor then they had when I was in college. Don't get me wrong, I know I'm still young - but the distance from 18 to 28 feels like a million years.
|For someone who loves a good novel, I have a lot of non-fiction on my bedside table right now...|
Since she missed seeing us at Christmas, my parents decided to fly out for a visit last weekend. They called on Saturday evening as Ben and I were heading out to dinner, and within five seconds of talking to my grandma on the phone I could tell something wasn't right. Even after her accident and at Christmas she'd been mentally sharp, but now she sounded like she had no idea what was going on and wasn't really processing what I was saying. My sister noticed a big difference too, and obviously so did my parents.
My mom was getting increasingly worried so she took her to the doctor on Monday to run a bunch of tests - and they did a CAT scan too, just in case. Good thing, because the scan came back showing two subdural hematomas.
Luckily they were able to get her into the ICU right away for emergency surgery, but we're not really sure if she'll recover to her usual level of functioning. Maybe the bleeding was the result of her car accident, maybe not - chronic hematomas can go undetected for weeks, but she also had a CAT scan shortly after her accident that showed nothing. So really we have no idea.
Anyway, life got busy and I kept forgetting to send her the book. I wish I had, because she could have read it easily in the three weeks since Christmas - and now she might never read it. My mom and I used to joke about how my grandma would probably live forever. She beat cancer twice and seemed determined to keep living if for no other reason than to give a big old middle finger to the world. My grandma is a complicated lady but that doesn't mean I don't love her.
We think we have all this time with people and then suddenly, we realize that maybe we don't.