Thankful for Bookshelves


When I was at my parents house for Thanksgiving this week, everyone spent a lot of time reading.  Kids read with their feet propped up in comfy armchairs, grandparents pulled out the reading glasses, Todd snuggled up with his i Pad, and I wandered around looking at the bookshelves.

readingMy parents are official book-aholics.  They read prolifically, give books as gifts, and collect them on shelves, in stacks, in baskets and in the back seat of the car.

I certainly and thoroughly inherited this love.  When I was a kid and needed consequences and discipline, the only leverage my parents had was in my books.  If necessary, I would not be permitted to read in order to refine my focus on other areas, such as math problems, exercise, dishes, and getting dressed on the weekends.

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I had some good tricks up my sleeve for sneaking my habit unnoticed…  (Cracking the door just so, to let in the tiniest shaft of light; the ability to feign sleep at a moment’s notice and to deftly slip a book into my pillowcase and under my cheek.)

Looking back, though, I wonder if my parents didn’t know all along of my sneaky ways, and yet allowed it to go on…  They empathized with my situation.

I am so thankful for the book passion that my parents nurtured in me.  Their shelves are full of books about faith, far away lands, how to build a deck, who murdered who, ideas, truth and humor.

My kids didn’t inherit orderliness from me, nor did I from my parents.  I’m so glad, though, that our stacks and piles and overflowing closets are mostly filled with books.

10 thoughts on “Thankful for Bookshelves

  1. I love books – they were a real escape for me when I was younger. It took years for my daughters to develop a love of reading, I couldn’t believe I had children who didn’t love to read – but recently they have found some books they are passionate about and it seems they are beginning to enjoy the world of books.

    • What books are your daughters reading these days? I’m glad my kids are getting to the age where we’re able to enjoy some of the same series. (Although I enjoy a lot of children’s books, too). Recently, we’ve all been tearing through The Hunger Games, and my daughter and I are reading an interesting mystery called Chasing Vermeer.

      • The 14 yo loved the Tomorrow When The War Began series by John Marsden – he’s an Aussie author/teacher who runs his own school in Victoria. The 11 yo is reading everything at the moment I think City of embers series is the current one on the go.

  2. Wow, Heidi, we had a lot in common growing up. Books and education. My parents used to have to say, “Put your book down and come…” I still like a pajama day now and then to just enjoy reading – a luxury! Also bookshelves – we had them put in two summers ago – the full length of a room – and my husband said that in the age of kindles, we were the only ones putting IN bookshelves. Hooray for the bookworms of the world!!

    • I think I remember every home I have ever visited that had a library, or a big dedicated book space. I still love bookshelves, and your wall length ones sound wonderful! (My kids are after us for Kindles this Christmas though…).

    • There is everything right with an overflowing bookshelf. 🙂 Especially as winter approaches, when it’s time to stockpile! Hope you’re having a great day.
      – H

  3. What a wonderful description of a household of readers!
    I too experienced the secret reading times underneath the covers, with the torch and one ear listening for approaching foot steps…
    I can only hope that I will have the same ‘problem’ with my daughters…. the world inside a book should not be missed by anyone!

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