There are times when even I have to stop reading. Yesterday was one time, as I was busy preparing words for a funeral. Today I will have little time to read as I have relatives coming to stay overnight. My (adult) nephew is in the throes of chemo and radiotherapy treatment for an aggressive cancer. He and his wife and small child live in a country town 6 hours from the hospital in the capital city. Tomorrow is a big day for him as he will discover what sort of surgery he will be offered after the doctors check on how much of his tumour has shrunk with the chemo and other therapy. The little family is stopping over with us as it is halfway between their place and the hospital. My nephew has been feeling a little better lately and is eating once more. He has requested a lamb roast for dinner tonight so that is what I will be cooking.
I have some 'new' toys to amuse his little boy and I have made up beds for them all to sleep in tonight. So, apart from a quick read while I have lunch, and just before my visitors arrive, there will be no more time for reading.
But, what better reason could one have for foregoing the pleasure of reading? To provide food, company and comfort for those you love. Who needs a book?
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