"there goes the baker"

" . . . with his tray like always, the same old bread and rolls to sell!" You're singing the song now, right? And picturing Belle's stroll through her "small, provincial town"? Me too. And that brings me to today's post.

I read while I walk—all the time (though I did stop reading, though not walking, to take this photo). I first started this as a child, and I'm pretty sure I was inspired by Belle in the first place. I may or may not have strolled around my house with a basket on one arm and a book in my hands pretending to be my favorite Disney princess.

And the habit hasn't ceased. In fact, I even used to read while walking on campus (you know, when I used to be a student), which resulted in bumping into to people occasionally and slipping on the icy walkways. But I did it anyway. And I do it now.

Now I'll read while walking to work from the bus stop and while walking around the corner to the Pearl Bakery, where I'll read while waiting for my medium-hot-chocolate-with-whipped-cream-to-go. Mom used to will still laugh at my compulsion to bring a book with me everywhere, and you know, I've never once regretted it.

I mean, with a goal of reading 40 books this year, I have to get in as much reading time as I can, right?


michelle said...

I used to frequently read while walking as well. That's just good multitasking! It's hard to regret having a book with you, but I have definitely regretted not having one!

Love that glimpse of your adorable jacket.

Ande Payne said...

Hey, you're reading Peace Like a River! What did you think of it? I have a love/hate relationship with it.

I wish I was that talented, life would be much better if I had your talent.

Jill said...

I loved Peace Like A River!

I have only tried reading while walking a couple times and found it distracting (maybe because I tend to walk too fast).

I'm sure you'll read 40 books this year easily!

m.estelle said...

i got a little laugh out of this. why? because on my way to class today i was definitely reading the newspaper. and i definitely ran into TWO people. oops. sorry guys! (not really)


Susan said...

...just don't fall in any fountains.

Denise said...

Yes, I am chuckling somewhat as I picture my little browned-eyed girl skipping through the house with a basket dangling from her arm. Unlike you and Belle, however, I have never mastered the art of reading and walking simultaneously, or perhaps I just don't walk that many places. . . . And let me clarify that it's not the bringing of one book wherever you go that makes me shake my head; it's the bringing of two or three books wherever you go that makes me smile.

michelle said...

Forgot to say that I LOVE Peace Like a River.

jt said...

Love that book. I can't read and walk at the same time. My goal last year was 100 books, and I almost made it.

Paula said...

I was walking and reading once - not too long ago - and missed a step, fell flat on the sidwalk and nearly broke a bone in my hand (the doc called it "bruised").

Be careful!

ps I enjoy your post.

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