If I start reading it right away, I will let the children play anywhere in the house.
If I let the children play anywhere in the house, the house will get messy.
I will feel guilty and want to clean.
I will help them pick up,
Make them dinner,
And put them in bed as early as possible so I can get back to my book.
If the kids are in bed and the house is quiet, I will keep reading.
I will stay up too late.
In the morning, I will need extra coffee to start my day.
If I’m drinking coffee, I will need a book to read.
So I’ll continue reading the new Jody Hedlund book.
One cup of coffee will turn to two.
And soon it’s midmorning and I haven’t washed a dish or folded a piece of laundry.
I will Tweet the author to tell her my house is being ignored because her book is so good.
Dear @jodyhedlund, the dishes need washing, the laundry needs folded, and I need to bake bread. Instead I am finishing A Noble Groom. 🙂
— Lisa Bartelt (@lmbartelt) March 23, 2013
She will have no sympathy and tell me I can clean later.
I will turn on cartoons so the kids will leave me alone to finish the book.
I will set the book down a dozen times near the end to wait on them.
When I read the last word, I will close the book,
I will plunge my hands in the dishwater and feel a sense of loss.
Because if I finish a Jody Hedlund book,
I’ll want to read another one.
Post written with admiration for Laura Numeroff’s brilliant “If You Give a …” series of books.