Thursday, December 11, 2008
Life's little ironies
Used to be I couldn't wait to get to the library to look at a new issue of Country Living magazine. It was a brief time out, in a quiet place, where the kids were safe to play and look at books and I could linger over every pretty page without the interruption of laundry, cleaning, etc. I would check out old issue after old issue to look at late at night while everyone else was asleep, or even better, I would sometimes find back copies in the free bin that quickly became mine.
About a year ago I started getting the subscription, a special offer at $5 for the whole year! As soon as an issue would come I'd drop everything and page quickly through it once and then go over it more slowly in the days that followed. They began piling up on my bedside table.
But gradually over the year, with each issue, my anticipation lessened and my fervor to devour every page waned. And when yesterday's copy showed up in my mailbox I said to myself, "When in the world am I going to have time to read that?".
Funny how life is sometimes. That the things we treasure the most are those which we don't have, or those that require the most work and effort. I'm contemplating cancelling my subscription.