Let’s Talk with Cheryl Hollon

Comfort Reads
by Cheryl Hollon

You’ve heard of comfort food, right? There are also comfort reads!

My father passed away last month at nearly 92. He lived a full and rich life filled with both challenges and blessings.

He was an example to his four children in the diligent application of persistent tiny steps towards an ambitious goal. With only a grade-school education, he taught himself trigonometry so he could earn his daily bread as a land surveyor rather than a factory worker. He taught us how to use the vast and free resources of the local library and instilled a love of reading, the satisfaction of research, and how it good it feels to achieve a hard-won triumph.

Although he had been frail for a number of years, the death of a parent is an emotional and physical roller-coaster. I’m comforted that he passed quietly in his sleep.

The wisest advice I’ve been given is to take care of myself. I’m doing that by dragging out my favorite books and reading myself to sleep. I find solace in the well-known passages of books that I have read and re-read in times of stress.

I’ve finished Busman’s Honeymoon by Dorothy L. Sayers, Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, and I’ve started a re-read of The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith. Next in line will be Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling. All of these reads are accompanied by mass quantities of Ben & Jerry’s Chunky Monkey ice cream, of course.

Do you have comfort reads? I’d love to hear about them.

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