Caroline Clemmons for Rain Trueax
I believe it was in my freshman year of college that I heard the phrase “the only constant is change”. At the age of eighteen, I found that profound, but I hadn’t a true understanding of how much change one experiences in a lifetime. Mine is still undergoing change, and so is Rain’s. I suspect yours is, too.
My husband, Hero, and I just had another change. We downsized—again—due to his Parkinson’s and my complications from Covid. This change was rough because we’d already purged our belongings with the first downsize. Tough decisions were required to squeeze into our current abode.
One of the hard parts was weeding out the books we’d keep. We both love to read as well as have research and reference books available. Ai-yi-yi, the choices! But we did it and a nice young estate agent is managing our estate sale as I write this. At least, we hope he’s as nice as he appears.
We managed to retain our favorite books—the ones we re-read from time to time. Some of those I enjoy again include Julie Garwood’s PRINCE CHARMING and the Roses series. I read the former about once a year and it's my all-time favorite book. Louis L’Amor is another favorite author and I read his books when I’m frustrated. My favorites are FALLON, HONDO, CROSSFIRE TRAIL, CONAGHER, and the Sackett books. Agatha Christie’s Hercule Peroit books are always engaging.
In addition to entertaining me, reading allows me to escape to another world and time. My personal problems are left behind as I immerse myself in the story. By the end of the book, I’m usually refreshed and ready to tackle the tasks at hand.
Do you re-read books?