There was a period in my life when no printed word escaped my vociferous hunger to learn. I was the target of many a taunt over my propensity to "check out" of conversations because I would come across a magazine, newspaper, or book that drew me in to its vault of glittering new gems of knowledge. Then I was accepted to dental school. Suddenly I had no need to seek out the written word. It came to me in the form of hundreds of thousands of pages of mandatory classwork. Actually, my love affair with the written word helped me survive the massive overload I experienced those four years. Many a less semantically enthused classmate was reduced to tears. I never was entirely overwhelmed but I left with a decidedly diminished craving.
Just as I was taking a polishing rag to my tarnished library card and floating off into the gentle pools of popular fiction as a way to address the stresses of private practice I go and meet this certain Kerryman. In a whirlwind couple of years I went from single working professional to married working mom. I moved twice, undertook the monumental endeavor to adopt internationally TWICE, and switched from private practice to public health. There was no energy to read. My mind was was awfully "durn full" and the very thought of reading for pleasure hurt. I did read...a LOT...there was the whole new topic of parenting that needed mastering...but there was no room in the noggin for superfluous information acquisition let alone the fluffy bit of stuff known as popular fiction!
Then, ever so slowly, my babies became children who could 'potty' themselves, make their own snacks, and even generally practiced sleeping in 8 hour stretches! I could slip on-line more often and READ?!?!? Once or twice recently I have even been known to curl up on the couch with actual paper and ink books. While I'm enjoying bouncing on the fluffy stuff every now and again, I have more of a growing passion on philosophical enlightenment. Sometimes its shallow waters but sometimes I'm caught in an undertow.
Today, a fellow adoptive mom posted the following quote as her FB status: