Wednesday, March 11, 2020

A Calm in the Time of Anxiety

Corona virus, plunging stock market, politics . . . these are some of the things that occupy my mind around 4 am when I find myself awake. Will my classes, workshops be cancelled? What about the Easter Party? Will we have to suffer four more years of That Awful Orange Embarrassment? How long will my bottle of hand sanitizer hold out?

Fortunately, during the day I'm usually too busy to obsess about any of this stuff. And after supper, there's an hour or so of blissful escape as we watch All Creatures Great and Small.

I read all of Herriot's books back when they came out but never watched the television adaptations. Now we are.

And what a treat! The settings and characters are perfect and allow me to immerse myself in their world. Cheery folk, only dealing with veterinary emergencies and an impending war with Germany. 

It's like comfort reading -- of which I'm doing a good bit these days. Nice people, no surprises.


jennyfreckles said...

I have to admit I'm getting a little angsty too. Self care - both practical and emotional - seems vital. At least I've a stockpile of favourite books to turn to, should I have to self-isolate - and yes, all those box sets.

Anvilcloud said...

We have read the books. I even read themalound to Sue at nighttime back in the day. I have seen a few of the tv episodes.

KarenB said...

A good comfort read is a must! I go between the books and articles I'm reading on racism for the class I'm leading, the news, and then escape into a comfort read.

Barbara Rogers said...

I finally finished a very long audio book...and now am looking around my apartment finding there was little care going on for the last couple of weeks. Spring cleaning time!

NCmountainwoman said...

It is only recently that I have begun to read more books with complex plots again. For a while I stuck to rather light reading and English mysteries. Books have always been my refuge from the stress of politics and other concerns. I have to be careful with audio-books. I love themm, but if the reader has a soft and comforting sound I find myself drifting off like a little girl when Daddy read to me. So I listen to books with lots of characters and action. I think the Goodweather books would be great audio-books. But it would be very difficult to find someone who could do the Appalachian dialect well. And done poorly it would ruin the book.

Vicki Lane said...

I agree about the accent. It would matter a great deal to those of us familiar with this area-- probably not so much to others.