When I was a kid, I read all the time. I routinely tried to figure out how to do my chores while reading (still trying to work this out). Vacuuming and reading? Doesn’t work very well! Dusting and reading? You are gonna get to redo the dusting! This was back in the before times when technology was a little less prevelant and we didn’t have audiobooks on our phones. We didn’t have cell phones either…it was the early 90s and we wore t-shirt clips on too big t-shirts with matching biker shorts so it was a hard time for everyone. Anyway, household chores were not and have never been my strong suit but the struggle was real back then.
One of my favorite books was The Facts and Fictions of Minna Pratt by Patricia MacLachlan. It’s still one of my favorite books. My favorite character in the book, other than Minna, was her mother. Though I have to say, I’m a big fan of all of her characters because she is a genius at writing endearing, quirky characters.
Minna’s mother is a writer and a pretty terrible housekeeper. She keeps notes tacked up around her desk and uses a typewriter. There are baskets of unmatched socks sitting around her work area and Minna’s shoes often stuck to the kitchen floor. I loved it. Minna never ever wore matching socks. There were never matching socks to wear.
I picked up The Facts and Fictions of Minna Pratt again recently. I was immediately struck by the similarities between Minna’s mother and ME. My children NEVER wear matching socks. If they go somewhere in matching socks, it was likely an accident. My kitchen floor? You guessed it! Sticky! There are laundry baskets stacked up around my work area and quotes tacked up all around my desk and all around the entire house. It would appear that I still haven’t worked out how to read while cleaning. It would also appear that there is some truth to the statement “You are what you read.” Or maybe it should be “you become what you read.”
Here’s a little announcement I’m tacking onto the end of this post:
My second novel, an edgy upper YA contemporary, will be published by Booktrope publishing this summer. Woohoo!