An author responds…reading’s rapture!
- Wednesday, 06 January 2016 14:54
Our beloved Carol Miller, author of Lola’s Luck: My Life Among the California Gypsies
and The Church of Cheese
, sent us this reflection on the written word’s impact from her childhood.
Here’s to the world of books and magazines that flew me to other worlds and opened my mind. I must have been in second grade when I found a Children’s Playmate Magazine (part of Jack and Jill, now) at the corner newsstand. I ran home to ask my mother for the 15 cents to buy it, and, feeling quite adult, returned in triumph with my purchase. The back page had a Native American paper doll that I treasured and never cut out.
We lived on the fifth floor of the hotel my father managed. The birth of my sisters, only a year apart, was keeping Mother too busy for our former shopping expeditions, or to take me to the park, or to read me stories or poems; “Wynken, Blynken, and Nod” had been our favorite. Until I discovered the escape of reading to myself, I was perpetually bored and longing for adventure and stimulation. I remember watching the slow climb of the hands of the clock on the wall and the growing feeling of nausea as noon approached. Why noon? I don’t remember.
I do remember vomiting. No wonder Mother put me in first grade when I was five.
Books, still the antidote!
Thank you, Carol, for all the books you’ve read and written!