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Better Reader, Better Mother, Better Me
From Chicken Soup for the Soul: Making Me Time
By Courtney McKinney-Whitaker

Many people, myself among them, feel better at the mere sight of a book.
~Jane Smiley

I was thrilled when I found out I was pregnant for the first time. When I started telling family and friends, they were thrilled, too. But I quickly learned that the hardest part of pregnancy wasn't fatigue, nausea, or swelling. The hardest part, for me, was listening to person after person tell me that once the baby was born, I would never read a book again. They said it in that tone of gleeful foreboding people often use with parents-to-be, and I'm sure none of them grasped how much their dire predictions upset me.

Books are the backbone of my life. I have degrees in English and library science. I am a writer. But before any of that, I'm a reader. Being a reader has remained the most consistent part of my identity throughout my life, the practice that makes me feel most like myself. I can always tell when I'm not reading enough because I get cranky and anxious. Books are my anchor; without them I feel adrift and unsettled. No matter how my day has gone, I can find a few minutes of peace in the book on my bedside table. There are many things I can cheerfully sacrifice for the privilege of motherhood, but reading isn't one of them. (Keep reading)

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