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Sarah Maxwell

Catching up on a good read

In a short time I will be on vacation, lying on a beach, slathered from head to toe in sunscreen with a hat, surrounded by my family and enjoying a good book.

I can’t wait.

It has been far too long since my last vacation and even longer since I’ve been to my oasis on the Great Lakes. The anticipation is killing me. I find myself wondering if it’s the anticipation of going away, being isolated since there is no cell phone reception, burying my nose in a book, being with family or just going some place my family has been going to for more than 40 years.

I’m sure it’s all the above, and not to cut my family short or anything, but I think I’m most looking forward to the reading. It’s been a long time since I’ve been able to leisurely enjoy a good book. And for this one week trip, I’m taking five books I haven’t read before.

This is what we do on vacation in my family. We find a nice quiet sandy location, plop a couple of kayaks in the water and read. We read until it’s too dark to read, then we find a lantern and continue to read under the stars. It is absolutely divine. Especially if you’ve been saving some books for this specific trip like I have.

I’ve always loved reading and the opportunities books have given me. They allow for some escape from everything. And reading on vacation, it’s a double dose of escapism.

I imagine my reading will be interrupted occasionally when my niece hands me one of her cardboard books to read to her, and I can’t wait. She already loves books, but it’s good to constantly show her reading is a wonderful hobby and pastime. I have a feeling she’ll be better read than all of us someday.

To be honest, it’s not all about the reading. It’s also about taking the time off and enjoying yourself. We work so hard in our society that we need to take the time to recharge our batteries. It does nobody good to work 365 days a year. Our bodies and minds need a break from the constant stimulation we receive at work, otherwise we will just wear ourselves into the ground.

What’s even better about our little oasis is the lack of cell phone reception. It all goes back to unplugging and disconnecting for a little while. My mom worked full time when I was growing up, and my dad stayed home. When we went on our family vacations it was just the four of us; no work allowed unless there was a huge emergency, but there never was.

So until I get back, I plan to dive off at the world’s edge and not resurface until the last possible minute. Hopefully the world keeps turning while I’m away and I can get back to my books.

Until then, you can find me catching some rays with my nose stuck in a book.

BCR Copy Editor Sarah Maxwell can be reached at smaxwell@bcrnews.com.