Well, many months ago, I swore to myself that I would never go out anywhere without having a book with me. Even if I didn't think I'd have time to read, it would be better to have the book and not have time, than have time and not have a book.
Today I'm really glad I stuck to my vow. While at a friend's house, I went out to my car to get something and when returning, I tripped on the steps and fell, hitting my head against the brick wall, my knee against the concrete step and fell into a deep flowerbed on the side cleverly trapping myself in a position where I couldn't get up. Fortunately, my friends heard me call for help, and stayed with me while we waited for the Emergency squad to come and extricate me from my predicament. The EMTs and my hubbie (by phone) thought I should go get checked out at the hospital (head injuries are nothing to play around with). So off I went in the ambulance. Once I got there and was registered, I was left waiting for service - Thank God I had my MP3 with the audiobook I was reading ([Destiny of the Republic]) - I had just downloaded it this morning. Well, 4 hours later, after being shot (tetanus), x-rayed (knee), and scanned (head), I was released with an ice bag and instructions to see my doctor and 4 chapters read. No concussion, no internal bleeding, only a few bruises, a big bump, a headache and a severe feeling of being really stupid. I do think this has screwed up my back again big time.
Then I got home and the answering machine was blinking away. Believe it or not, somehow my Mom knew something was wrong – she left 3 messages on my
answering machine worried that something was not right – can you believe that?
I assured her that I was sore but would be fine. I hope I didn't lie to her.
So, my reading friends, learn a lesson from me - NEVER go anywhere without a book, you never know when you will be sitting in the emergency room with time to read on your hands. As I say, it's better to have a book and not have time to read it, than to have time on your hands and not have a book to read.