Of all the gifts my dear friend from college Sara has given me (from hamentaschen for the Jewish holiday of Purim to a safari hat she got while in South Africa to very nice pair of headphones), perhaps the one I use most often is a leather bookmark that she got for me while on a trip to Argentina. Ever since receiving it, I have used it in the latest book I am reading. Access to books is not the question; it’s finding the time to settle down and enjoy one. My friend Isa, a vet school classmate, has been an inspiration in getting me to read more for pleasure. After hearing all the books that she managed to read within the span of a year in vet school, I was hooked on the idea of dedicating at least twenty minutes in the morning and evening to reading something unrelated to vet school.
I am currently reading Tim O’Brien’s The Things They Carried, a book I randomly happened upon in my grandmother’s garage over spring break. It had been recommended to me many moons ago, so I decided to take it with me back to Massachusetts. One chapter references the “Greenies” who operated behind enemy lines during the Vietnam War. However, before I looked up who the Green Berets were, the vision in my head was of the popular dog treat being stashed in some bunker deep in the jungle. All kidding aside, when I open the book which takes place in Vietnam, I will be flipping to the country of Argentina.