A few months ago, a friend of mine pressed a book into my hands and said, “You have to read this.”
Looking down, I saw the cover of Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone.
“I know you’ve never read it and I really think you should,” she smiled at me, “You’ll like it.”
She was being so sweet, I immediately agreed. Even though I had no real interest in it. The Christian/LDS Romance genre held the key to my literary heart–not a children’s fantasy book.
But I figured it wouldn’t hurt and I could use some lighthearted entertainment, so I took it home and read it.
And then. I asked my friend for the next one. And the next one. And the next one.
Charming even joined in the fun. Sitting down together, we read it outloud after the kids were in bed. Sometimes I would sew or cover paper back books for the kids or back up pictures on Flickr while Charming read. And sometimes he would restore and assemble a new swing set for the kids or weed the garden or wash the car while I read. I pelted him with questions and declared my predictions while he smiled and refused to reveal what he already knew of the endings.
And I absolutely marveled at the detail. And the depth. And the intricate plot lines. How could she do it? How could she so neatly tie up the ends of each novel, while still propelling you forward into the next one?
By the time we reached the final novel, Charming cut me loose and gave me permission to read it on my own.
And I finished it today.
I cried so hard at the end of chapter 23 that Bubbers kept asking me during breakfast, “Are you done crying now? Are you okay, Mommy?” And when I left a mournful message on Charming’s work phone, he thought I was faking my tears. But I wasn’t. What a friend. What a dear, dear friend.
And about 15 minutes after I finally finished it, I fell asleep. The exhaustion of the Harry Potter roller coaster had finally ended. And I could feel every page of it in my droopy eyelids and achy head.
Boy, was it incredible.
And now, my bed is calling me, so I will bid you adieu. Now that I am back from Hogwarts, I do hope to fill in some of my own missing pages here…
Until then, take care my friends!