Many of you know that I spend many hours during the summer seated in the shady end of my swimming pool reading one good book after another. What you don't know is that my favorite reading spot when I was growing up was as high up in an apple tree as I could get and still be comfortable. I do wish Mom had taken a photo of me up in the tree because I had a much better perch than the little girl in the graphic above.
The yard of the house we rented was not blessed with trees-- lots of shrubs like lilacs, forsythia, and honeysuckle, but no trees. The neighbors to the west of us didn't want children climbing the trees they had, and they had some beauts. (*sigh*) However, the neighbor to the east had a big apple tree, and he didn't mind if I took up residence there. I was such a tomboy then, and every tree I met was made to be conquered. This apple tree was excellently situated because Mom could look out a window to check on me if I'd been quiet too long, and I also had a splendid view of neighborhood comings and goings without being seen myself.
|Cathy the Tree-Climbing Bookworm|
As you can see, my reading-in-the-great-outdoors preference is one of long standing. How about all of you? What was your favorite reading spot when you were a child? This inquiring mind would love to know!