All the time in the hospital all I could thin about was going home. It made me work hard in my therapy sessions, proving my therapists I was strong enough to head home to family (BH and Scout for starters). And now I am home working on the things that are still a bit tough for me.
I think about home because the first book I managed to read after chemo (chemo makes me not able to pay attention to a text either in written or audio form)is LOVE by Matt de la Pena and Loren Long. Returning to reading was also returning home to something I love, something that has long been a part of my life, something that gives me a feeling of comfort and belonging. And how could I NOT belong in this book? I see myself on each spread. I find myself feeling as though a warm blanket has been drawn across my shoulders and i turn the pages.
And I am not alone. A quick read of my Twitter feed shows how many kids and older kids are identifying with this book.
A quick note as I finish: if you did not see Jason Reynolds interviewed on the Daily Show last night, track it down online. Watch it and rejoice about what is said about books and reading.