Are you a Goldilocks kind of reader?
Do you need the light just right, the background noise just so loud but not too loud, the chair just right, the distractions at a minimum?
Or can you open a book at any time and dip right in, whether it’s for twenty seconds, while waiting for the kettle to boil, or indefinitely, like while waiting interminably at the hospital–as long as the book is open in front of your nose, you’re happy to read?
I am the latter kind, the anti-Goldilocks. I will read anywhere and everywhere, for any amount of time. I have been known to tear through books in the car and on airplanes; I read while I wait for webpages to load. I read while I cook. Audiobooks enable me to read when I drive, but more than once I’ve had a book in the passenger seat and been at a stoplight and had to work very hard not to pick it up and thus risk a wreck. (Have you seen the episode of Family Guy where Peter keeps reading the Archie comic while he’s driving? I’d be like that, but with more words and fewer pictures.) I read when people are talking to me. I read when the TV is on. I’d read in the movie theater if I could, sometimes. I can read sitting, standing, or lying down. I read while I’m on lunch duty. The only thing I need to read is text; everything else is incidental.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, LITTLE WILLOW!