29 Dec 2007, Comments Off on Holidays


Author: Helen

Sitting on a towel in the shade at the North Melbourne pool, well back from the babble and splash from the big pool, where Boychild and his friend are disporting themselves.

Reading Mansfield Park, inspired by this. (I was going to post on the Holiday Reading thread over there, but my God, so bloody interlecktuwal. That’s their holiday reading? I’m embarrassed to fess up to my fiction and lesser non-fiction reading, deadset. The Coetzee sounds like a good read but.)

For the first time in sixteen years, I can do this without actually watching the children the whole time. I can read whole chapters uninterrupted, except to dispense orange juice. If either of them dies, I guess they’ll put out an announcement on the loudspeaker.

Comments (0)

  • Laura says:

    Fantastic, looking forward to hearing what you think of it.

  • Gianna says:

    ah, enjoy Helen! i’m enjoying the time to read too; i’ve just passed the one week mark of my three weeks without my boychild (yeah, it’s killing me). i found Joan Didion’s “The Year of Magical Thinking” unputdownable, so it was great to be able to read it continuously for a couple of days, late into the night. Talk about bawl though…mind you i did start reading it on the train back from delivering my child to his dad, and with PMT… It’s a haunting, beautiful book about the loss of her husband, and it’s made worse by the knowledge that her daughter died too, a week before it was published.
    anyway, hope you’re having a lovely rest and catch you in the new year!

  • Lad Litter says:

    Reading Roman historian Appian’s The Civil Wars for holidays at the moment but afraid I’m wading through it as if through treacle. Might browse the library for an Irvine Welsh novel.

  • kate says:

    We’re both reading Mungo McCallum’s wrap up of the election. But not at the pool, what with our boychild not being anywhere near old enough to ignore in watery premises. He does have an afternoon snooze though, and I read then.

  • Ariel says:

    Ahhh … sounds great.

    I can’t wait til I can read whole chapeters without looking up. Though I CAN wait for him to grow up for a whole host of other reasons, I guess. Sigh.

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