Some sunlight

How morbid is it to sit in a graveyard and read? The cathedral cemetery is one of the nicest places to sit and relax: it’s green, quiet, and sheltered from the wind. Now that it’s starting to get warm again, Felicity and I have visited the little alcove we like to go to, paying our respects to Normand MacLeod, Esquire and the unnamed twin daughters, across from James Ellis who died at 17. I hope it isn’t too disrespectful. I remind myself of the 19th century when people went to cemeteries as parks, especially on Sunday afternoons.

I spent most of today reading The Bruce. The good thing about reading in a cemetery is that you’re discouraged from falling asleep, no matter how tired you might be. However, I did fall asleep once we relocated to Felicity’s room. I haven’t been nearly as tired today as I have other days. Insomnia and quasi-allergies/sinus blah aren’t fun. It’d help if the seagulls and song birds didn’t cry or sing all night long, but I digress.

In other news, Christine (a housemate when we lived in Oxford, who is now studying in Sweden) and I have bought our plane tickets for Spring Break: we’re going to Lisbon, Portugal, to visit the lovely Caroline, a classmate from OBU. We Northern Europeans can’t wait for the sun! Now, the question is, which books do I take with me for the flights? I have ~15 hours of travel time to fill. I have to be careful, though, for KLM’s hand baggage guidelines say: “…including a coat/blanket, umbrella/walking stick, purse, camera bag and a reasonable amount of reading material” (emphasis added).

9 thoughts on “Some sunlight

  1. Melinda says:

    I’m sure the dead appreciate the company.

    Maybe I have allergies too. I keep falling asleep when I read too. I also can’t taste or smell too well, but I can breathe through my nose.

    I got the mail today (I check it about once a week) and David got his Birthday card. I’m thanking you on behalf of him in case he forgets. I’m sorry you don’t have root beer! That is very sad.

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  2. Chera says:

    Melinda: I can breathe fine, too! It’s the weirdest set of allergies I’ve had. My eyes are just very very sleepy…

    Chris: Well, I was forgoing the possible need to explain your gender if I just called you Chris. πŸ™‚

    Katherine: I know, right? I was thinking definitely 2 paperbacks, probably 3. And I might throw in a VSI just in case. …and, it might be morbid, if one fell asleep. I haven’t decided yet.

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  3. Sarah says:

    It isn’t morbid…it sounds pleasant…and you can imagine the lives of those people, remember them in a way.

    Maybe you and Chris could both take books and then swap!

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  4. Kelly says:

    I find it helpful to clarify both number of pages (what, after all, is ‘paperback’ as a measurement?) and kind of pages (i.e. nonfiction versus fiction). For fifteen hours, I would take about 250 pages of nonfiction plus at least 600 pages of fiction. We’re talking an absolute minimum of three books here…

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  5. Chera says:

    Kelly: Finally, you comment. πŸ™‚ I’m thinking of taking “Bel Canto,” “The Handmaid’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood, and “Never Let Me Go” by Kazuo Ishiguro. The fear of finishing these, however, makes me wonder if I should replace one with “An Instance of the Fingerpost.” What do you think?

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