Revisiting Old Friends

Once every few months the urge comes over me and I know nothing more is going to be done that evening, no more writing, noHarry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets perusing of recipes, no time with football or baseball or Facebook or even a good book, especially a good book.

Some old friends hato must be  revisited.

I stare at my small rack of videos.

Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, or perhaps Shrek.

It is not an easy decision.

Should I visit with Harry, Hermione, Ron, and Snape or maybe Frodo, Samwise, Gandalf, and Galadriel? Of course it’s been awhile since I took the time to visit Shrek, Fiona, and Donkey.

There was a night a year or so ago when I found the decision so difficult that I fell asleep while trying to decide. The decision does not entail merely choosing which group of friends to visit, but when to visit. Should it be the Fellowship,  the Return, the Towers, or Shrek one, two, three or Forever, or the Stone, the Goblet, the Phoenix, Azkaban, the Chamber,  the Hallows one or two?,

It’s times like this when I need a sorting hat.

Silly, I know. Every now and then I need an evening of escape, better in some ways than re-reading a favorite book. I rarely re-read a book, simply because there are so many new books to read. Right now I have a stack of 15 books waiting to be read and by the time I finish all of them my total of books read will probably include another 15 or 20 more. It is much easier to visit a favorite book somewhat vicariously — by watching the movie. Of course that cannot always be done. For instance, I recently watched Ender’s Game. The movie was disappointing. I doubt re-watching it will bring back to mind all that the book was, but maybe.

In the end, I managed to choose a movie to watch, I did. The Chamber of Secrets.

Was that the right choice?

It doesn’t matter, because no matter which of the 14 videos I revisit, I always enjoy whichever one  I choose.

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Perhaps Reading Books Is an Aquired Taste

Surprising Book FactsThis is both frightening and sad.

The one stat here I find most shocking is the one that states: “42% of college grads never read another book after college.

It’s probably about right, though. In my family of seven children I think there are only two, maybe three of us who buy and read books on a regular basis.

I’m  pretty sure three of them may not even know the location of the nearest library.

When I was student teaching I had two students may have already quit reading, because they refused to write anything in class and never turned in any homework.

It was my great challenge to get them to write something, but all I ever got from either of them was a blank sheet of paper with their name on it.