I’d rather be reading

My mother in-law bought me a T-shirt many years ago and I’m wearing it now.

“I’d rather be reading,” it says.

And, I would.

She bought it to celebrate our shared love of books and also because she was waging a sweet little “You’ve Got Mail” type protest in support of her local bookstore, which sold her the shirt.

I’m happy to say Anderson’s Bookstore in Naperville Illinois is still in business, despite the encroachment of a giant Barnes and Noble.

Score another one for Grandma Mary Jane, children’s book author and selective political activist.

I got to honor her the best way I know earlier this week when I had the pleasure of reading to a bunch of polite little peanuts. They wore cool light up shoes, asked interesting questions and hugged me when I was all through with the book.

One little girl asked me if I was a doctor. “Why, no,” I said, briefly flattered. “Because you smell like a hospital,” she said.

“Thank you?”

I genuinely loved my time with the little ones at the Salvation Army Child Care Center. They gamely hooted along with me as I read them one of my favorite children’s books, “Owl Moon,” even though another guest read them the exact same book just the day before.

What are the odds? There must be a million great children’s books out there.

They sat politely in their friendship circle and the five-year old group even asked for an encore.

I’d rather be reading and I’m very grateful to neighborhood bookstores, talented authors, feisty grandmas, and sweet little children with big imaginations and apparently strong senses of smell.

Vince and Molly reading

All of our kids loved the Arthur books.

Molly reading

Here is Molly at six-years old enjoying a summer afternoon reading.

Id rather be reading

I’d rather be reading. Here’s my vintage shirt…and that’s all you need to see of me in this early morning hour.


About Molly B and Me

Welcome to Molly B and Me! This is a blog written by a 50-year-old mother of four with help and recipe contributions from her 16-year-old youngest daughter. Follow us as we struggle with our six-foot by 2-foot garden that has never really grown anything but turnips. We like to spin a yarn, but we can't knit at all. We're pretty good cooks, which works out well because we like to eat. We're avid sports fans and we especially enjoy football. We'll introduce you to our neighbors, including Connie the Cookie Lady and Macy the three-legged dog. Check back for recipes and tips.

Posted on April 15, 2016, in Book reviews, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Margaret Voissem

    Laura, I look forward to reading Molly B and Me everytime you or Molly writes. I love how positive your blog is. Always grateful for the simple things in life. Thank you for what you do to make my world even brighter! Margi Voissem


  2. My husband needs one of those…. he always has his nose in a book.

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