Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Don't talk to me, I'm reading.

No, not Book 7.

Book 1.

While my husband and oldest daughter are plowing through the latest, instead I've decided to forget everything I've ever gleaned about Harry Potter by simply not living under a rock for the last ten or so years and Actually Read the Books.

Journey back with me for a moment, won't you? The year is 1998. I've just started a job at a nifty little local publishing company that hasn't yet been purchased by several different larger corporations. I'm busily making copies alongside my new coworker friend who is yet to become Fluid Pudding, and I'm floating a little because I've just met the man I'll end up marrying.

And then, my goody-two-shoes cube mate (we'll call her Stephanie), pokes her chubby, annoying face around my cube wall and strikes up a conversation.

"Hey there! Have you read any of the Harry Potter books? They're really good!"

"No, haven't." I tell Stephanie, silently vowing that I would never read whatever books these were, lest I accidentally have something in common to discuss with this girl.

So Stephanie lost 50 pounds and moved to Florida where she's no doubt teaching poor children about Jesus, and frankly, I want my Harry Potter experience back.

If you tell me the Harry Potter books are really good and that I should read them, I'll probably say, "Oh really? Who writes them?" as I reach for a pencil to jot down the name.

Because I am blissfully immersed in chapter three of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.

And yes. It IS really good.

5 comments:

Octopus Knits said...

I'm glad you're enjoying it!

Carole said...

I'm half way through book one. Welcome to the late bloomers club.

By the way, I subscribe to STL Mag and was so delighted to see the weasels and the write up. Just more validation that you are amazingly clever and cool. And a chance for me to brag in the doctor's office when someone was reading THAT page in the mag, "Oh, that's a friend of mine, she's sooo cool." Which, of course, you know makes me instantly cool in the eyes of a stranger in the waiting room. Ego triumphs.

Anonymous said...

i hope you really enjoy them and become blissfully engrossed... a slippery slope to complete immersion and obsession. welcome to the dark side.

Gary O'Brien said...

Carole, we were standing in line at Borders to buy the new Harry Potter when, what do I see in the rack but STL magazine. I very quietly opened the magazine and declared to everyone, "HEY! THAT'S HER ON PAGE 38 OF THE CURRENT SAINT LOUIS MAGAZINE!!!"

I think she was embarrassed.

But, hey, she's my wife. I'm proud.

Kismatt said...

I recommend listening to the books, too...that way you can knit and 'read' at the same time. And drive. And ...well, you get the point.

Happy reading!!