I’m a big fan of reading.
Like, a really big fan.
There’s just something about the feeling of pages between my fingers. Or the feeling of tapping the next page on my Kindle. Or the simple swiping gesture on my Note 3. It’s as addictive as the feel of a warm cup of coffee in my hand.
But there is one element that is by far the most important piece of the puzzle.
I can’t just read anything. It has to reach out and grab me. It has to speak to my soul and provide value to my life. It is, after all, a commitment to spend time away from my children, time away from my job, time away from being the social butterfly that I know am.
Reading a book is where the introvert within me shows herself.
All that to say, I’m picky about what I read.
That said, I am forever addicted to Tricia Lott Williford and every word she types.
I saw the Facebook post asking for prayer for her sick husband.
I saw the post the following day that he was no longer present on this earth.
I’ve remembered the adoring look in his eyes when he looked at her.
And I’ve seen her strength.
I’ve seen her do this thing called single parenting.
So it isn’t by accident that I set a personal record when I read her second book “Let’s Pretend We’re Normal” within 14 hours. I stopped reading around midnight when my eyes betrayed me and wouldn’t stay open. I started again at 8:30 the following morning after I dropped the kids off at school.
There is something incredibly reassuring when you know that another single mom is in the same boat as you.
When you know that your car isn’t the only one littered with fast food bags.
When you know your son isn’t the only one that has made numerous trips to urgent care.
When you know you’re not the only one struggling to find a husband and a father.
There is a reassurance that is unexplainable.
Tricia, I love you. I thank God for his plan for you because even in the pain, you’ve taught me so much. I couldn’t ask for anything more. Except maybe that you don’t stop writing. Seriously, I’m not sure I could survive without your words.
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