If I could create my own "Reading Retreat"--if I could choose a place and bring all of you with me--here's what it might look like:
We would find ourselves in a place where there would be plenty of large rocks to sit on by a dazzlingly blue lake, just like Lake Tahoe above. Our laughter would echo across the waters as we would divide our time between talking non-stop and simply basking in the beauty around us as we read book after book.
Once we got tired of sitting on rock as we read (even though we'd bring cushions, of course), then we would walk over to a garden like this one:
We would sit among the flowers, basking in the sunshine and taking in the slight fragrance around us. Food would be brought to us, and we would eat chocolate truffles or chocolate-covered strawberries when we weren't too busy turning the pages of the books we had been longing to read for ever so long (like A Hope Undaunted by Julie Lessman, Surrender the Heart by MaryLu Tyndall, or Bridge to Peace by Cindy Woodsmall). Tart, cold, and delicious lemonade would almost overflow from our crystal glasses, and tea would be waiting for later when the temperature dropped even the slightest.
The sounds of a small waterfall nearby would delight our ears as we buried our noses in our books. Not one of us would consider the other rude, because each girl would be happily absorbed in her own books. Occasionally a blissful sigh would rise above the soothing sounds, and each of us would look up and smile, knowing exactly how the other felt.
When we'd finish one book, we'd pick up another one like picking a flower from a lovely flowerbed full of various, colorful blossoms. And our "Reading Retreat" would be a day--or weekend, or week--to remember. It would be that much more wonderful for me because it would be shared with all of you, my fantastic blogging friends!
Well, a girl can dream, can't she? ;) Actually, these pictures are from my last vacation (I think my mom and I took them), but I loved coming up with my dream "Reading Retreat" based off of them and my overactive imagination!
Now it's your turn! What would your dream "Reading Retreat" be like?