I sat down to write about my friends for this week’s “friendship” theme, and decided to take different approach. Sure, we all have friends. Casual acquaintances, lifelong friends, the nice lady who baristas up my venti coffee so that I can get on with my day. All friends.
Many of my best friends aren’t real. They are characters in books. I turn to them for company, comfort, a quick visit down memory lane and to soothe myself when times get bumpy. I’ve re-read childhood and cozy mystery books dozens of times, laughing with Good Old Archibald, staying up late with the zany and magical babysitter Mr. Pudgins or traveling “400 miles north of everywhere” with Jim Qwilleran and his friends in Moose County.
You’re never alone if you can read.
That’s why every year, when I sit at my children’s IEP meetings (those are planning meetings for special ed, my three girls have autism) I say, “I just want my girls to read.” I know that if they can develop some level of reading skill, even if it’s “just” a 4th grade level, they will never be alone and will always have friends too.
Who are your friends from books?