I found this picture below and I adore it!
I love the garden, the colour, the clothing, the hair and the book.
Reading is one of my favourite past times. I devour books!
I read them fast and soak them in. As time is often short for me to get time to myself, I speed read to get the book finished.
I love the relaxed, tranquil nature of the picture and dream to be in such a setting with the freedom to read.
My reading is often done late at night or whilst I am cooking dinner (which explains sometimes why the food does not turn out the way it should) and mostly when I have several children crying and wanting my attention.
The family can usually tell when I am seriously into a book when I am reading at the dinner table - rarely happens - and I just can't put it down.
I reflected on the picture and for a brief moment wanted to change places. To be in that garden, peaceful and soaking up a good book. The more I looked at the picture and put myself in her shoes, or in this case, her very elegant outfit, I realised I would be alone. Sure I have moments when I crave being alone but generally I am happy to be a mother of many children and to be surrounded by my cherubs.
I can have my quiet time alone in years to come, to slowly read the books I want. I think I will appreciate the beauty, the stillness and the words more by then.
For now it is back to chaos and speed reading.