I remember when I got the email from the library that they were closing due to the pandemic.
That was when I knew I was in trouble.
I could figure out how to find toilet paper. I could make do with weird food.
But without books – that’s when stuff got real.
I immediately looked at our budget and decided any free penny would go to books. Even some not-so-free pennies.
I bought used when I could. But I also put books in my Amazon cart because books help me stay balanced.
My Mama Morning Basket
I also reinstated my morning basket.
I first created a mama morning basket several years ago – it was just based off of the homeschool morning basket idea of collecting nourishing resources in one place. But instead of books to read with the kids, I filled this basket full of books and resources for me.
Now before I get any further, I want to say that my kids are 13 and 16. I have time. Especially since the pandemic, my kids basically sleep like hamsters. So if you are a mama to young ones reading this, saying, “I wish I had time to tinkle alone, let alone read for the simple joy of it,” I get it.
I remember those days and all I can say is that they went by in a blink, although at the time each day felt like it was about 6 weeks long.
I also don’t always go through everything every day. Some days, I spend most of my mama morning time listening to a meditation or audio book and barely touch it at all.
But it’s there when I need it.
My Mama World War II books
The other thing that has helped me through this pandemic has been World War II era fiction.
But then people would ask me what I had read and I could never remember titles or authors.
I think it will continue to grow, because World War II era fiction is providing a lot of comfort right now. Something about all those heroines, handling crises with dignity, compassion and even humor is very reassuring to me.
My World War II books also help provide a lot of perspective. Although we have dealt with some food shortages, it never got dire. And after reading 84, Charing Cross Road, I became suddenly grateful that a pantyhose shortage will never be an issue for me. 😉
So I’m wondering – have you been reading more since the pandemic? What’s bringing you comfort right now?
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