07-21-18 Patricia Sargeant

Monday, July 9, 2012

Summer Armchair Travels

When you say summer reads or beach reading, I don’t think I’ve ever really understood the term.  I   read a book because I wanted to, not because it was a “summer “read.

In the house I grew up in, I had a beach chair under a tree in the back yard, If the tide was  not in, I usually found myself in that seat reading, anything and everything. We lived two blocks from the beach so in the summer, if the tide was in I was at the beach,

Summer was the time I read any and everything I could get my hands on. Just as I did the rest of the year. I just had more time to do it.  I didn’t have school to worry about and even if I had a summer job, it was usually part time.  I have wonderful memories of summers spent reading in my chair in the yard. From that chair I travelled many places.

I went to the wilds of Canada with Mrs. Mike, Nazi Amsterdam with the Diary of Anne Frank, I traveled back in time to colonial Boston, Victorian England  and  the Civil War of the south.

One of my favorite memories was the afternoon I spent reading Gone with the Wind. I took my lunch out to the yard and began reading didn’t stop until my mom called me in for dinner. She said every time she looked out the window I was reading.  I was engrossed in Ashley, Melanie, and of course Rhett. I thought Scarlett was a spoiled little brat. I felt as if I was in the middle of the siege of Atlanta and not in a back yard in Boston. I finished the book that night before going to bed.
So when I hear summer reads I don’t think of lying on the beach but of traveling, even if it’s from my arm chair, Traveling to all the exciting worlds contained in a book.


Judith Ashley said...

I'm with you, Elaine. Reading is a year round activity that, when young, I could indulge in more often when school was out.

Since I'm self-employed, vacations aren't the same as they were when I was employed and had paid vacation!

I Love all the places I've been and all the people I've become through books.

Margaret Tanner said...

Hi Elaine,
Reading is a year round activity I agree, but I wouldn't spend my summer days reading over much. Now winter, nothing like sitting by a nice warm fire with a good book.



Paty Jager said...

I agree, I'd never heard of summer reads until I joined RWA. And then I thought they had to be about the beach. LOL

ElaineCharton said...

Paty- I know just what you mean.

Judith - I know when someone else is paying you while you are on vacation makes it just feel better.

Margaret- Oh yea a fire place is so comfy. Especially with a cup of tea or maybe hot chocolate.