Thursday, October 11, 2007

Mowgli, Ronald Reagan and Chicken Noodle Soup

OK, so we've been sick. That is, Kathryn and I have been sick. Thankfully, Alex and Nathan seemed to have avoided the evil sinus problems. So, what better to do when you're sick than to sit in bed and read? Actually, I get a good bit of reading done while feeding Alex everyday- but a lot of that is Scuffy the Tugboat #3,722.

This last week I branched out. I read the complete Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling and Jim Kuhn's book on the private life of Ronald Reagan. I went to the library and just grabbed a couple of interesting reads. While my child smeared her germs all over the kids' section, I made sure to touch every classic on the shelf. Just kidding. And before you other moms become disgusted that I would so flippantly take our sick selves out to infect society, I'll have you know I haven't been to church in AGES due to protecting the weak from us.

Back to Mowgli... my knowledge is expanded from "Disney" to the "complete and unabridged" work. Shere Khan dies early on, and the battle with the dholes (what are THEY?!) was quite impressive. I skipped back and forth between Kipling and Kuhn. I know why Nancy sought advice from astrology (she was trying to avoid another assassination attempt scare like they had when Hinckley attempted to impress actress Jodie Foster- now that's truly romantic, wouldn't you say?). I know when Jimmy Carter threw Reagan's jelly beans across Air Force One (on the way back from Sadat's funeral). I know a teentsy bit about the Iran-Contra Affair. Most of all, I know that Reagan was just as impressive as I already thought!

In spite of my trivial-sounding summary, they were both worthy reads. I grabbed some Dickens and Bronte for this week. (My background in classical literature is scanty to say the least- thanks to government education) So, dear readers and lurkers, grab a new book and enjoy some chicken noodle soup with us.


Amy said...

I don't think that we have met. I went to HSBC amny years ago when your husband was in high school. Anyhow, I really enjoy your blog and your humor. I first read this this at 4:40AM today. It's safe to say it was my first laugh of the day!

Tara said...

Hey girl,
How easily I identify with your plight...we've been infected with the evil virus as well....all six of us at one point or another the last 2-3 weeks. UGH!
And, you know my little ears, well, "eyes" to be exact, perked right up at the sight of R. Reagan's name! :) The thing that makes me the happiest about him, and giving my son his name, is that, like you said, the more I read and know of him, the more I find out that he was just as great of a man as I thought he was. That's a good feeling.
Well, this is turning into a book. And I suspect a book full of run-on sentences, at that!
Back to the soup.....

Amy said...

Hi Charity,
My maiden name was Phares. I don't think Nathan would remember me at all. Your MIL would though, I think, since I had her for many science classes.

Anonymous said...

Wow! Way to read those classics. You have inspired me. Maybe I'll read some myself. We'll see!

Juwah said...

Oh sure infect the "sinners" at the library, but leave the people in church, who should be ready for heaven, healthy. :) Hee Hee I couldn't resist. So sorry you're feeling yucky. Hope you get well soon. Enjoy the reads.