Ever since I started my new career as a medical transcriptionist, I have discovered the joy of listening to audiobooks on CD. Years ago, I thought that they were kind of boring.. Monotone voices read the shortened books without emotion or passion in their voice. Since I have always absolutely adored reading a good, juicy book, I wanted to read the whole book.. so I would spend countless hours getting lost in the characters in each book, making up the voices for each of the characters in the book.. trying to pronounce the names that were not easy to understand.. Ya know what I mean? I started reading books when I was very small.. around the 2nd grade.. I would beg my mom to buy any of the Bobbsey Twins books that would come out. At Christmas and my birthday, I could almost count on someone in the family giving me a new book that was suited for my age.. I loved the Bobbsey Twins, Nancy Drew mysteries, some of the Hardy Boys.. (though not as many of them)
Have any of my readers ever grew up imagining themselves living in those fictional families to escape their own home? In the late 60s into the early 70s, it was known that a lot of families were abusive or dysfunctional in some fashion. Mine was no exception. So, I would escape into these fictional books with the loving families.. Where the parents loved their children unconditionally.. where they did not dangle their love in their faces only to retract that same love if they did not do whatever task it was that needed doing at the time. God how I wished for a family like I read about.
**SIGH** I don't.