I’m writing today from beautiful Wisconsin Dells, WI, indoor waterpark capital of – well, Wisconsin, if not the world.
If Dante Alleghieri were writing poems today, he’d probably’ve thunk up an extra circle of Hell that looked a lot like an indoor waterpark. Thoroughly modern, he’d understand why having to don a swimsuit in mid-winter after sitting in front of a computer for years on end calls wicked b.s. on Purgatorio’s claim to never-ending hellaciousness any day of eternity.
But as I understand it, parents occasionally are supposed to engage with their children in “fun for the whole family” activities – or simply in activities involving eye contact not impeded by laptops or paperbacks. So off to the Dells we hied.
Truthfully, the Dells rock; the big wave pool we spent the day in yesterday was worth the swimsuit-induced mortification. And although I understand from brochures that the Dells could be the “New French Riviera” – you know, just, without French people, the sun, an ocean or balmy weather – I’d say it’s an awesome place to be to reconnect with kids and squeeze after months of work-a-day, and just before our particular mad-rush holidays.
Yet displaying pasty flesh to unsuspecting strangers doesn’t leave a lot of time for what usually passes for my idea of R and R: reading romance books. Even so, I brought along a couple to wind down with at the end of the day. But I never got to them!
I want you to know I’m doing OK not having read romance for about 24 hours. A little shaky, but it’s not like I haven’t not read romance before. Once, just after I began reading it, I got a little concerned that I was addicted, so I literally tried to stop cold turkey. I lasted a day and a half.
Fortunately I found a way to make money off my addiction, but I think it’s pretty contained. I mean, it’s not like I’m hooking anybody else, urging them to spend the grocery cash on New Release Tuesday, or anything.
What about you? Have you ever wondered whether you’re addicted to romance novels? What’s the longest you’ve gone w/out reading them and why? And if you bring reads on family vacations, what kinds do you bring, new or old faves?