"One of my biggest regrets…is that I didn't spend my youth staring lovingly at my neck. It never crossed my mind to be grateful for it. It never crossed my mind that I would be nostalgic about a part of my body that I took completely for granted." - I Feel Bad About My Neck by Nora Ephron
One of my goals for this year is to read at least one book each month…nothing too scary, just something fun, light, inspiring and on occasion possibly a "parenting" book. The goal is to renew my love of reading. When I was a kid I would read late into the night, transported to far away places and times, and I loved it. College killed that for me and in the business of life, although at times I've tried, I know that I haven't made a true effort to create a good habit of reading…I'm certain that once I get in the habit of choosing to read over the alternative (watching that danged TV), that the love once experienced will return. :)
At the beginning of this month I FINALLY went down to the local library and got my card. Our library is unfortunatly small compared to the one I grew up with, but it will have to do. I heard about this book from Elise Blaha's blog and it sounded like the perfect light reading to kick off January.
This book was fun, I found myself laughing at some parts that were so incredibly true and at other times found myself being completely lost on some references that were clearly before my "time." The tone was light with some great "one liners" as you read snippets from her life. I didn't realize upon picking up the book that she was the screenplay writer for Sleepless in Seattle, When Harry Met Sally, You've Got Mail, Hanging up and many more. Once I realized that, I instantly recognized her humor and character in each of those films and how they correlated with pieces of her life…kind of interesting.
Although a super easy read (I read it in two long sittings), it is still smart, witty, genuine and made me think…think about cooking, raising kids, reading, relationships, maintenance, not taking myself so seriously, life accomplishments and about what my life may look like when I'm in my 60's. …oh, and of course, about my neck. 🙂
I have to be honest, after reading about her life, part of me felt sad being certain that my life will never be so interesting and that I'll probably have to embellish my experiences quite a bit to make any story of mine worth reading by my children/grandchildren. On the other hand I realized that as much as I love the idea of living in an old eclectic studio apartment in some busy city and drinking my latte in a hidden corner cafe, perhaps some just aren't meant to live such a life…and that's ok. Besides, I would probably be terribly unhappy if I decided to uproot my entire family in search of random adventure, despite sometimes dream of it. As much as I love change, it always throws me for a loop and I take awhile to adjust. 🙂
Overall this was a good, worthwhile read. Not life changing, but enjoyable. I don't particularly think it's one I need in my personal library but I will definitely be jotting down the list of books she mentions throughout and adding them to my list to consider reading.
And so, in honor of Nora Ephron, not taking myself so seriously, and appreciating my non-saggy/yet to wrinkle neck for granted at this age…it feels appropriate to document my neck at this point in life, if just to prove that it was once not so bad. 😉
What books are you reading right now? I would love any suggestions that you consider a "must read" or even something fun and easy you picked up recently.
Thanks for reading!