Every so often, the reality that I’m turning into my mother hits me. I saw it in the way I managed my 6th graders, I see it in the way I raise my son, and I even see it in the mirror sometimes. There isn’t a week that goes by that my husband doesn’t say (or want to say), “Okay, DONNA!” It doesn’t always have a negative connotation of course. We say the same quirky words or phrases, and we respond to situations similarly. I have always looked like my mother. One time, at my grandparents’ 50th anniversary celebration, some of their ‘older’ friends came up to me at the guest book and said, “Oh, Donna, it’s been so long!" Ummmm, I was 12 and my mother was NOT 12 at the time. I guess I REALLY looked like her!
My mother has always been an avid reader. She LOVES to read. She loves romance, mystery, and who-done-its especially. She loves big name authors like Nora Roberts and John Grisham. As far back as I can remember, she has always had numerous books on her nightstand. I remember as a young girl going in and kissing her goodnight - she was always sitting up in her bed against her headboard reading a book. I’d go in, sit on her bed and wait for her to finish the sentence or paragraph she was on. We’d talk for a little bit, I’d kiss her goodnight, and she’d go back to reading.
I have found that I am becoming an avid reader as well. My favorites are Christian romance and mysteries. When Jack was just a few weeks old, I started reading books while I nursed him. Since I nursed him a lot, I read through books very quickly. I still read when I put him down for a nap or bedtime, which sometimes takes more than an hour. I then go to bed and read while Rick watches TV. During Jack’s nap, sometimes I’ll pick up a book I’m in the middle of and just sit and read for the two hours. (yes, my house is a bit neglected). Just last night I stayed up past midnight finishing my latest book. Sometimes, I just can’t put the books down! I will have two or three books going at once now, too. One in Jack’s room, one in my room, and then maybe another one downstairs. It’s crazy!
This stack of books was read in three weeks! (Plus there are two upstairs that I’m in the middle of right now.) I’m in the middle of four series. I love it! I can’t get enough of these stories and characters.
If you’re interested, here are some authors I’m enjoying right now:
Robin Jones Gunn, Lori Wick , Debra White Smith, James Scott Bell.
Well, I’m off to read! Just call me Donna!