The Best Medicine

Joseph_Caraud_Am_Morgen_1865

Joseph Caraud, "Am Morgen", 1865 (via Wikimedia Commons)

As a lifelong asthmatic allergic to just about everything in my environment except for goldfish and rocks, I spent a lot of my childhood days sick and in bed.

My family did what they could to make me feel less alone. My sister loaned me toys. My dad carried our one TV (black-and-white, naturally) upstairs to my room so I could watch Sesame Street in the morning. My mother would serve me my meals on a tray, like they did when I went to the hospital. She made the best lunches—soup, Saltine crackers, small slices of cheese, and an apple sliced thin and arranged in a curve. I still copy those lunches whenever I’m feeling unwell and need comfort.

But best of all were the nights when my dad, coming home from work, brought me a book.


Whitman Big Tell a Tale BooksThey were usually Whitman Big Tell-A-Tale books. I never asked where he stopped to buy them, but since our town only had one convenience store and one grocery store there wouldn’t have been much choice. To me, they were treasures.

I still have those books, and the sight of them now it takes me straight back to those days of childhood convalescence—smooth sheets and my mother’s cool hand on my forehead and the whisper of pine trees just outside my window.

By The SeaMy absolute favourite of those Whitman books left its mark on my soul the way good stories do—Anne Welsh Guy’s By the Sea, with Wendell Kling’s amazing illustrations. I read it over and over and over again, and it made me feel better.

Books I read while sick in bed are always the best medicine.

Shell SeekersWhen I was in my 20s and knocked flat by bronchitis, my mom loaned me Rosamunde Pilcher’s The Shell Seekers. For two entire days I was completely lost in that book, in a way that you can only be when lying in your bed and doing nothing else but reading. Luckily I already had tissues by my bedside, because that story! Oh, my heart. I cried and sniffled my way through it. But it helped me take my mind off being sick.

Thunder and RosesAnd just last autumn, when a sudden nasty illness laid me flat out on my sofa for a few weeks and not able to do very much of anything except binge-watch Poirot on Netflix, my fellow wenches rallied to my aid and Mary Jo, in an echo of my father’s nightly gift-giving, emailed to ask, “Would you like one of my books?”

She sent me TWO.

I may need to get sick more often.

Has anyone else here discovered a good book while bedridden?

125 thoughts on “The Best Medicine”

  1. One of the joys of being sick as a child was getting to spend the day reading. I have very fond memories of measles (I predate the vaccine) and reading two of my father’s recommendations: Cooper’s The Deerslayer and Jane Porter’s Scottish Chiefs.
    Books can turn sickness into joy.

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  2. One of the joys of being sick as a child was getting to spend the day reading. I have very fond memories of measles (I predate the vaccine) and reading two of my father’s recommendations: Cooper’s The Deerslayer and Jane Porter’s Scottish Chiefs.
    Books can turn sickness into joy.

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  3. One of the joys of being sick as a child was getting to spend the day reading. I have very fond memories of measles (I predate the vaccine) and reading two of my father’s recommendations: Cooper’s The Deerslayer and Jane Porter’s Scottish Chiefs.
    Books can turn sickness into joy.

    Reply
  4. One of the joys of being sick as a child was getting to spend the day reading. I have very fond memories of measles (I predate the vaccine) and reading two of my father’s recommendations: Cooper’s The Deerslayer and Jane Porter’s Scottish Chiefs.
    Books can turn sickness into joy.

    Reply
  5. One of the joys of being sick as a child was getting to spend the day reading. I have very fond memories of measles (I predate the vaccine) and reading two of my father’s recommendations: Cooper’s The Deerslayer and Jane Porter’s Scottish Chiefs.
    Books can turn sickness into joy.

    Reply
  6. I had chicken pox, mumps, the measles, and who knows what else as a child. I remember being brought activity books rather than story books — coloring books, paper dolls, and press out and build books amongst others. Somehow, being sick didn’t seem so bad when one had entertainment!

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  7. I had chicken pox, mumps, the measles, and who knows what else as a child. I remember being brought activity books rather than story books — coloring books, paper dolls, and press out and build books amongst others. Somehow, being sick didn’t seem so bad when one had entertainment!

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  8. I had chicken pox, mumps, the measles, and who knows what else as a child. I remember being brought activity books rather than story books — coloring books, paper dolls, and press out and build books amongst others. Somehow, being sick didn’t seem so bad when one had entertainment!

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  9. I had chicken pox, mumps, the measles, and who knows what else as a child. I remember being brought activity books rather than story books — coloring books, paper dolls, and press out and build books amongst others. Somehow, being sick didn’t seem so bad when one had entertainment!

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  10. I had chicken pox, mumps, the measles, and who knows what else as a child. I remember being brought activity books rather than story books — coloring books, paper dolls, and press out and build books amongst others. Somehow, being sick didn’t seem so bad when one had entertainment!

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  11. I envy all of you your experiences of being sick as kids! I come from hardy peasant stock, and if ill, we were pretty much put to bet and left on our own. Though once when I was very small my big brother showed me how to print my name.

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  12. I envy all of you your experiences of being sick as kids! I come from hardy peasant stock, and if ill, we were pretty much put to bet and left on our own. Though once when I was very small my big brother showed me how to print my name.

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  13. I envy all of you your experiences of being sick as kids! I come from hardy peasant stock, and if ill, we were pretty much put to bet and left on our own. Though once when I was very small my big brother showed me how to print my name.

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  14. I envy all of you your experiences of being sick as kids! I come from hardy peasant stock, and if ill, we were pretty much put to bet and left on our own. Though once when I was very small my big brother showed me how to print my name.

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  15. I envy all of you your experiences of being sick as kids! I come from hardy peasant stock, and if ill, we were pretty much put to bet and left on our own. Though once when I was very small my big brother showed me how to print my name.

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  16. My piano teacher’s story about being sick as a child was that her father said, “Go to your room and come back down when you are well again.” I suppose it cuts down on malingering.

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  17. My piano teacher’s story about being sick as a child was that her father said, “Go to your room and come back down when you are well again.” I suppose it cuts down on malingering.

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  18. My piano teacher’s story about being sick as a child was that her father said, “Go to your room and come back down when you are well again.” I suppose it cuts down on malingering.

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  19. My piano teacher’s story about being sick as a child was that her father said, “Go to your room and come back down when you are well again.” I suppose it cuts down on malingering.

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  20. My piano teacher’s story about being sick as a child was that her father said, “Go to your room and come back down when you are well again.” I suppose it cuts down on malingering.

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  21. Susanna:
    +++Mary Jo, in an echo of my father’s nightly gift-giving, emailed to ask, “Would you like one of my books?”
    She sent me TWO.
    I may need to get sick more often.++
    I’ve got lots more e-books I could send you, but please don’t get sick! You can have them perfectly healthy. *G*

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  22. Susanna:
    +++Mary Jo, in an echo of my father’s nightly gift-giving, emailed to ask, “Would you like one of my books?”
    She sent me TWO.
    I may need to get sick more often.++
    I’ve got lots more e-books I could send you, but please don’t get sick! You can have them perfectly healthy. *G*

    Reply
  23. Susanna:
    +++Mary Jo, in an echo of my father’s nightly gift-giving, emailed to ask, “Would you like one of my books?”
    She sent me TWO.
    I may need to get sick more often.++
    I’ve got lots more e-books I could send you, but please don’t get sick! You can have them perfectly healthy. *G*

    Reply
  24. Susanna:
    +++Mary Jo, in an echo of my father’s nightly gift-giving, emailed to ask, “Would you like one of my books?”
    She sent me TWO.
    I may need to get sick more often.++
    I’ve got lots more e-books I could send you, but please don’t get sick! You can have them perfectly healthy. *G*

    Reply
  25. Susanna:
    +++Mary Jo, in an echo of my father’s nightly gift-giving, emailed to ask, “Would you like one of my books?”
    She sent me TWO.
    I may need to get sick more often.++
    I’ve got lots more e-books I could send you, but please don’t get sick! You can have them perfectly healthy. *G*

    Reply
  26. Recently three years ago, I was recuperating at the hospital after a heart attack. I was reading Julie Garwood’s Gentle Warrior, a re-read to soothe myself.the night nurse saw me reading and told me that this was her favorite author and she had read this title. We had a very pleasant discussion about the author and her books. She truly bought some relief to an anxious mind that night. Strangest book discussion I have had. 🙂

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  27. Recently three years ago, I was recuperating at the hospital after a heart attack. I was reading Julie Garwood’s Gentle Warrior, a re-read to soothe myself.the night nurse saw me reading and told me that this was her favorite author and she had read this title. We had a very pleasant discussion about the author and her books. She truly bought some relief to an anxious mind that night. Strangest book discussion I have had. 🙂

    Reply
  28. Recently three years ago, I was recuperating at the hospital after a heart attack. I was reading Julie Garwood’s Gentle Warrior, a re-read to soothe myself.the night nurse saw me reading and told me that this was her favorite author and she had read this title. We had a very pleasant discussion about the author and her books. She truly bought some relief to an anxious mind that night. Strangest book discussion I have had. 🙂

    Reply
  29. Recently three years ago, I was recuperating at the hospital after a heart attack. I was reading Julie Garwood’s Gentle Warrior, a re-read to soothe myself.the night nurse saw me reading and told me that this was her favorite author and she had read this title. We had a very pleasant discussion about the author and her books. She truly bought some relief to an anxious mind that night. Strangest book discussion I have had. 🙂

    Reply
  30. Recently three years ago, I was recuperating at the hospital after a heart attack. I was reading Julie Garwood’s Gentle Warrior, a re-read to soothe myself.the night nurse saw me reading and told me that this was her favorite author and she had read this title. We had a very pleasant discussion about the author and her books. She truly bought some relief to an anxious mind that night. Strangest book discussion I have had. 🙂

    Reply
  31. As a working mother with three children, I truly didn’t have time to write the school excuse next morning; so when my children said they didn’t feel well, I said “You can stay home; but you will need to write the note tomorrow, and I will sign it.” It was interesting to see them decide that they weren’t sick enough to write the note. (And we had a housekeeper, so they weren’t home alone.)
    I truly didn’t do this as a test, but it turned out to be a good one!

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  32. As a working mother with three children, I truly didn’t have time to write the school excuse next morning; so when my children said they didn’t feel well, I said “You can stay home; but you will need to write the note tomorrow, and I will sign it.” It was interesting to see them decide that they weren’t sick enough to write the note. (And we had a housekeeper, so they weren’t home alone.)
    I truly didn’t do this as a test, but it turned out to be a good one!

    Reply
  33. As a working mother with three children, I truly didn’t have time to write the school excuse next morning; so when my children said they didn’t feel well, I said “You can stay home; but you will need to write the note tomorrow, and I will sign it.” It was interesting to see them decide that they weren’t sick enough to write the note. (And we had a housekeeper, so they weren’t home alone.)
    I truly didn’t do this as a test, but it turned out to be a good one!

    Reply
  34. As a working mother with three children, I truly didn’t have time to write the school excuse next morning; so when my children said they didn’t feel well, I said “You can stay home; but you will need to write the note tomorrow, and I will sign it.” It was interesting to see them decide that they weren’t sick enough to write the note. (And we had a housekeeper, so they weren’t home alone.)
    I truly didn’t do this as a test, but it turned out to be a good one!

    Reply
  35. As a working mother with three children, I truly didn’t have time to write the school excuse next morning; so when my children said they didn’t feel well, I said “You can stay home; but you will need to write the note tomorrow, and I will sign it.” It was interesting to see them decide that they weren’t sick enough to write the note. (And we had a housekeeper, so they weren’t home alone.)
    I truly didn’t do this as a test, but it turned out to be a good one!

    Reply
  36. We my husband and I married 44 years ago this fall, we merged libraries (and we still find a few duplicates still not weeded out). No — this isn’t off topic. We had each had sickly childhoods. My grade school waited to see what Sue would get sick with, because that was what we were having that year. I had pneumonia at six. — and so on.
    He was born with a cleft palate; he had polio — and so on.
    So this is a household which clearly relates to “books help cure troubles.”

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  37. We my husband and I married 44 years ago this fall, we merged libraries (and we still find a few duplicates still not weeded out). No — this isn’t off topic. We had each had sickly childhoods. My grade school waited to see what Sue would get sick with, because that was what we were having that year. I had pneumonia at six. — and so on.
    He was born with a cleft palate; he had polio — and so on.
    So this is a household which clearly relates to “books help cure troubles.”

    Reply
  38. We my husband and I married 44 years ago this fall, we merged libraries (and we still find a few duplicates still not weeded out). No — this isn’t off topic. We had each had sickly childhoods. My grade school waited to see what Sue would get sick with, because that was what we were having that year. I had pneumonia at six. — and so on.
    He was born with a cleft palate; he had polio — and so on.
    So this is a household which clearly relates to “books help cure troubles.”

    Reply
  39. We my husband and I married 44 years ago this fall, we merged libraries (and we still find a few duplicates still not weeded out). No — this isn’t off topic. We had each had sickly childhoods. My grade school waited to see what Sue would get sick with, because that was what we were having that year. I had pneumonia at six. — and so on.
    He was born with a cleft palate; he had polio — and so on.
    So this is a household which clearly relates to “books help cure troubles.”

    Reply
  40. We my husband and I married 44 years ago this fall, we merged libraries (and we still find a few duplicates still not weeded out). No — this isn’t off topic. We had each had sickly childhoods. My grade school waited to see what Sue would get sick with, because that was what we were having that year. I had pneumonia at six. — and so on.
    He was born with a cleft palate; he had polio — and so on.
    So this is a household which clearly relates to “books help cure troubles.”

    Reply
  41. My daughter still hasn’t forgiven me for the time I said, “No fever? Go to school.” She threw up in the classroom and the nurse called me at work to pick her up.
    You’d think that now she has kids of her own, she’d forgive me.

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  42. My daughter still hasn’t forgiven me for the time I said, “No fever? Go to school.” She threw up in the classroom and the nurse called me at work to pick her up.
    You’d think that now she has kids of her own, she’d forgive me.

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  43. My daughter still hasn’t forgiven me for the time I said, “No fever? Go to school.” She threw up in the classroom and the nurse called me at work to pick her up.
    You’d think that now she has kids of her own, she’d forgive me.

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  44. My daughter still hasn’t forgiven me for the time I said, “No fever? Go to school.” She threw up in the classroom and the nurse called me at work to pick her up.
    You’d think that now she has kids of her own, she’d forgive me.

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  45. My daughter still hasn’t forgiven me for the time I said, “No fever? Go to school.” She threw up in the classroom and the nurse called me at work to pick her up.
    You’d think that now she has kids of her own, she’d forgive me.

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  46. Your father had good recommendations! And I know exactly what you mean about “fond memories”. Not that it’s ever fun to be sick, but at least no one ever complains that you’re lying in bed doing nothing but reading 🙂

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  47. Your father had good recommendations! And I know exactly what you mean about “fond memories”. Not that it’s ever fun to be sick, but at least no one ever complains that you’re lying in bed doing nothing but reading 🙂

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  48. Your father had good recommendations! And I know exactly what you mean about “fond memories”. Not that it’s ever fun to be sick, but at least no one ever complains that you’re lying in bed doing nothing but reading 🙂

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  49. Your father had good recommendations! And I know exactly what you mean about “fond memories”. Not that it’s ever fun to be sick, but at least no one ever complains that you’re lying in bed doing nothing but reading 🙂

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  50. Your father had good recommendations! And I know exactly what you mean about “fond memories”. Not that it’s ever fun to be sick, but at least no one ever complains that you’re lying in bed doing nothing but reading 🙂

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  51. Kareni, I never had the energy for activity books when I was really sick, although I loved them at other times. My favourite “activity” was doing all those little transfer-rubbing pictures that used to come on the back of our cereal boxes, back in the day…

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  52. Kareni, I never had the energy for activity books when I was really sick, although I loved them at other times. My favourite “activity” was doing all those little transfer-rubbing pictures that used to come on the back of our cereal boxes, back in the day…

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  53. Kareni, I never had the energy for activity books when I was really sick, although I loved them at other times. My favourite “activity” was doing all those little transfer-rubbing pictures that used to come on the back of our cereal boxes, back in the day…

    Reply
  54. Kareni, I never had the energy for activity books when I was really sick, although I loved them at other times. My favourite “activity” was doing all those little transfer-rubbing pictures that used to come on the back of our cereal boxes, back in the day…

    Reply
  55. Kareni, I never had the energy for activity books when I was really sick, although I loved them at other times. My favourite “activity” was doing all those little transfer-rubbing pictures that used to come on the back of our cereal boxes, back in the day…

    Reply
  56. Similarly to the hardy stock above, my family rarely pampered anyone who was sick. However, I have learned to pamper myself these days when unwell, and books are the “go to” for those days and nights. I especially like regency and/or historical romance, and cozy mysteries. Rosamund Pilcher, an author mentioned above is also a favorite as well as Maeve Binchy. Gentle reads with HEA make me feel better!

    Reply
  57. Similarly to the hardy stock above, my family rarely pampered anyone who was sick. However, I have learned to pamper myself these days when unwell, and books are the “go to” for those days and nights. I especially like regency and/or historical romance, and cozy mysteries. Rosamund Pilcher, an author mentioned above is also a favorite as well as Maeve Binchy. Gentle reads with HEA make me feel better!

    Reply
  58. Similarly to the hardy stock above, my family rarely pampered anyone who was sick. However, I have learned to pamper myself these days when unwell, and books are the “go to” for those days and nights. I especially like regency and/or historical romance, and cozy mysteries. Rosamund Pilcher, an author mentioned above is also a favorite as well as Maeve Binchy. Gentle reads with HEA make me feel better!

    Reply
  59. Similarly to the hardy stock above, my family rarely pampered anyone who was sick. However, I have learned to pamper myself these days when unwell, and books are the “go to” for those days and nights. I especially like regency and/or historical romance, and cozy mysteries. Rosamund Pilcher, an author mentioned above is also a favorite as well as Maeve Binchy. Gentle reads with HEA make me feel better!

    Reply
  60. Similarly to the hardy stock above, my family rarely pampered anyone who was sick. However, I have learned to pamper myself these days when unwell, and books are the “go to” for those days and nights. I especially like regency and/or historical romance, and cozy mysteries. Rosamund Pilcher, an author mentioned above is also a favorite as well as Maeve Binchy. Gentle reads with HEA make me feel better!

    Reply
  61. Same story here: asthma and bronchitis, reading in bed or watching movies. I clearly remember feeling better after Leon (starring Jean Reno and Natalie Portman). As for books, I read too much to remember everything, but at some point I was too sick to read for myself and my grandmother read me a book (in Romanian, probably translated from Italian) whose title was The Adventures of Bertoldo and Bertoldino. Other than that, a Russian tale about a flying pony and some kind of a firebird, one version of the story you’re very familiar with.

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  62. Same story here: asthma and bronchitis, reading in bed or watching movies. I clearly remember feeling better after Leon (starring Jean Reno and Natalie Portman). As for books, I read too much to remember everything, but at some point I was too sick to read for myself and my grandmother read me a book (in Romanian, probably translated from Italian) whose title was The Adventures of Bertoldo and Bertoldino. Other than that, a Russian tale about a flying pony and some kind of a firebird, one version of the story you’re very familiar with.

    Reply
  63. Same story here: asthma and bronchitis, reading in bed or watching movies. I clearly remember feeling better after Leon (starring Jean Reno and Natalie Portman). As for books, I read too much to remember everything, but at some point I was too sick to read for myself and my grandmother read me a book (in Romanian, probably translated from Italian) whose title was The Adventures of Bertoldo and Bertoldino. Other than that, a Russian tale about a flying pony and some kind of a firebird, one version of the story you’re very familiar with.

    Reply
  64. Same story here: asthma and bronchitis, reading in bed or watching movies. I clearly remember feeling better after Leon (starring Jean Reno and Natalie Portman). As for books, I read too much to remember everything, but at some point I was too sick to read for myself and my grandmother read me a book (in Romanian, probably translated from Italian) whose title was The Adventures of Bertoldo and Bertoldino. Other than that, a Russian tale about a flying pony and some kind of a firebird, one version of the story you’re very familiar with.

    Reply
  65. Same story here: asthma and bronchitis, reading in bed or watching movies. I clearly remember feeling better after Leon (starring Jean Reno and Natalie Portman). As for books, I read too much to remember everything, but at some point I was too sick to read for myself and my grandmother read me a book (in Romanian, probably translated from Italian) whose title was The Adventures of Bertoldo and Bertoldino. Other than that, a Russian tale about a flying pony and some kind of a firebird, one version of the story you’re very familiar with.

    Reply
  66. I don’t remember books being around in my life at all until I was 7 or 8. I do remember my 3 siblings and I having chicken pox during a hurricane that blew a tree into our bedroom window. No books, though. When we had measles we were forbidden to read and had to stay in a darkened room because measles could make one blind ( there are 3 diseases called measles). When pregnant with my first child I had to stay in bed for 2 months. I read everything in the house and had to turn to embroidering a crib blanket when I ran out of books. We were in a small German town with no source of books in English and I could only buy books once in the 8 weeks at a distant town when I went to the doctor. . If I am in bed sick, I am too sick to read.

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  67. I don’t remember books being around in my life at all until I was 7 or 8. I do remember my 3 siblings and I having chicken pox during a hurricane that blew a tree into our bedroom window. No books, though. When we had measles we were forbidden to read and had to stay in a darkened room because measles could make one blind ( there are 3 diseases called measles). When pregnant with my first child I had to stay in bed for 2 months. I read everything in the house and had to turn to embroidering a crib blanket when I ran out of books. We were in a small German town with no source of books in English and I could only buy books once in the 8 weeks at a distant town when I went to the doctor. . If I am in bed sick, I am too sick to read.

    Reply
  68. I don’t remember books being around in my life at all until I was 7 or 8. I do remember my 3 siblings and I having chicken pox during a hurricane that blew a tree into our bedroom window. No books, though. When we had measles we were forbidden to read and had to stay in a darkened room because measles could make one blind ( there are 3 diseases called measles). When pregnant with my first child I had to stay in bed for 2 months. I read everything in the house and had to turn to embroidering a crib blanket when I ran out of books. We were in a small German town with no source of books in English and I could only buy books once in the 8 weeks at a distant town when I went to the doctor. . If I am in bed sick, I am too sick to read.

    Reply
  69. I don’t remember books being around in my life at all until I was 7 or 8. I do remember my 3 siblings and I having chicken pox during a hurricane that blew a tree into our bedroom window. No books, though. When we had measles we were forbidden to read and had to stay in a darkened room because measles could make one blind ( there are 3 diseases called measles). When pregnant with my first child I had to stay in bed for 2 months. I read everything in the house and had to turn to embroidering a crib blanket when I ran out of books. We were in a small German town with no source of books in English and I could only buy books once in the 8 weeks at a distant town when I went to the doctor. . If I am in bed sick, I am too sick to read.

    Reply
  70. I don’t remember books being around in my life at all until I was 7 or 8. I do remember my 3 siblings and I having chicken pox during a hurricane that blew a tree into our bedroom window. No books, though. When we had measles we were forbidden to read and had to stay in a darkened room because measles could make one blind ( there are 3 diseases called measles). When pregnant with my first child I had to stay in bed for 2 months. I read everything in the house and had to turn to embroidering a crib blanket when I ran out of books. We were in a small German town with no source of books in English and I could only buy books once in the 8 weeks at a distant town when I went to the doctor. . If I am in bed sick, I am too sick to read.

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  71. I was raised to believe that unless a bone was sticking out, it was unlikely I needed to stay home from school.
    I read a ton of books when I was a child. WWII books I took from my Father’s book shelves. Nancy Drew and lots of other books for young people – Loved Tacey and Tibs books. But, also read things like Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights when I was young. Just realized why every book I see sounds like it might be interesting.
    There was no pampering when I was sick. The expectation was, I was to be quiet, get better and go away.

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  72. I was raised to believe that unless a bone was sticking out, it was unlikely I needed to stay home from school.
    I read a ton of books when I was a child. WWII books I took from my Father’s book shelves. Nancy Drew and lots of other books for young people – Loved Tacey and Tibs books. But, also read things like Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights when I was young. Just realized why every book I see sounds like it might be interesting.
    There was no pampering when I was sick. The expectation was, I was to be quiet, get better and go away.

    Reply
  73. I was raised to believe that unless a bone was sticking out, it was unlikely I needed to stay home from school.
    I read a ton of books when I was a child. WWII books I took from my Father’s book shelves. Nancy Drew and lots of other books for young people – Loved Tacey and Tibs books. But, also read things like Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights when I was young. Just realized why every book I see sounds like it might be interesting.
    There was no pampering when I was sick. The expectation was, I was to be quiet, get better and go away.

    Reply
  74. I was raised to believe that unless a bone was sticking out, it was unlikely I needed to stay home from school.
    I read a ton of books when I was a child. WWII books I took from my Father’s book shelves. Nancy Drew and lots of other books for young people – Loved Tacey and Tibs books. But, also read things like Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights when I was young. Just realized why every book I see sounds like it might be interesting.
    There was no pampering when I was sick. The expectation was, I was to be quiet, get better and go away.

    Reply
  75. I was raised to believe that unless a bone was sticking out, it was unlikely I needed to stay home from school.
    I read a ton of books when I was a child. WWII books I took from my Father’s book shelves. Nancy Drew and lots of other books for young people – Loved Tacey and Tibs books. But, also read things like Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights when I was young. Just realized why every book I see sounds like it might be interesting.
    There was no pampering when I was sick. The expectation was, I was to be quiet, get better and go away.

    Reply
  76. We were homeschooled for a large chunk of my childhood so when we were sick in bed, we were propped up and the special “bed desk” my father built was installed and school continued on. LOL I have a habit of re-reading when I’m sick. Things that I already know so that if my illness addled eyes can’t completely focus, my brain and soul can fill in the rest.

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  77. We were homeschooled for a large chunk of my childhood so when we were sick in bed, we were propped up and the special “bed desk” my father built was installed and school continued on. LOL I have a habit of re-reading when I’m sick. Things that I already know so that if my illness addled eyes can’t completely focus, my brain and soul can fill in the rest.

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  78. We were homeschooled for a large chunk of my childhood so when we were sick in bed, we were propped up and the special “bed desk” my father built was installed and school continued on. LOL I have a habit of re-reading when I’m sick. Things that I already know so that if my illness addled eyes can’t completely focus, my brain and soul can fill in the rest.

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  79. We were homeschooled for a large chunk of my childhood so when we were sick in bed, we were propped up and the special “bed desk” my father built was installed and school continued on. LOL I have a habit of re-reading when I’m sick. Things that I already know so that if my illness addled eyes can’t completely focus, my brain and soul can fill in the rest.

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  80. We were homeschooled for a large chunk of my childhood so when we were sick in bed, we were propped up and the special “bed desk” my father built was installed and school continued on. LOL I have a habit of re-reading when I’m sick. Things that I already know so that if my illness addled eyes can’t completely focus, my brain and soul can fill in the rest.

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  81. I also re-read when I’m sick. And at the doctor’s office. And to “time” my breaks when cooking. Any time I may be distracted from the story.

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  82. I also re-read when I’m sick. And at the doctor’s office. And to “time” my breaks when cooking. Any time I may be distracted from the story.

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  83. I also re-read when I’m sick. And at the doctor’s office. And to “time” my breaks when cooking. Any time I may be distracted from the story.

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  84. I also re-read when I’m sick. And at the doctor’s office. And to “time” my breaks when cooking. Any time I may be distracted from the story.

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  85. I also re-read when I’m sick. And at the doctor’s office. And to “time” my breaks when cooking. Any time I may be distracted from the story.

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  86. I read anything to hand when I was ill as a child. I wasn’t sick very often, we were hardy and always outside playing. If my Dad came home from work and the day was fine and we were inside, there would be war!! He didn’t believe in us being indoors unless it was snowing or there was a gale force 10:):)
    I hurt my back about five years ago and was in bed for a whole week. I read nearly everything I owned including stuff from my childhood. Bliss!!!!

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  87. I read anything to hand when I was ill as a child. I wasn’t sick very often, we were hardy and always outside playing. If my Dad came home from work and the day was fine and we were inside, there would be war!! He didn’t believe in us being indoors unless it was snowing or there was a gale force 10:):)
    I hurt my back about five years ago and was in bed for a whole week. I read nearly everything I owned including stuff from my childhood. Bliss!!!!

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  88. I read anything to hand when I was ill as a child. I wasn’t sick very often, we were hardy and always outside playing. If my Dad came home from work and the day was fine and we were inside, there would be war!! He didn’t believe in us being indoors unless it was snowing or there was a gale force 10:):)
    I hurt my back about five years ago and was in bed for a whole week. I read nearly everything I owned including stuff from my childhood. Bliss!!!!

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  89. I read anything to hand when I was ill as a child. I wasn’t sick very often, we were hardy and always outside playing. If my Dad came home from work and the day was fine and we were inside, there would be war!! He didn’t believe in us being indoors unless it was snowing or there was a gale force 10:):)
    I hurt my back about five years ago and was in bed for a whole week. I read nearly everything I owned including stuff from my childhood. Bliss!!!!

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  90. I read anything to hand when I was ill as a child. I wasn’t sick very often, we were hardy and always outside playing. If my Dad came home from work and the day was fine and we were inside, there would be war!! He didn’t believe in us being indoors unless it was snowing or there was a gale force 10:):)
    I hurt my back about five years ago and was in bed for a whole week. I read nearly everything I owned including stuff from my childhood. Bliss!!!!

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  91. I only have one memory of being sick and enjoying myself — when I was a kid and had measles and we were staying at my aunt and uncle’s; probably it was school holidays, because we lived in the country and this was in the city. I think maybe my cousins also had measles — the one my own age did, not sure about the older ones. All I remember is spending the day lying in the sun-room, on one of those long curvy cane couches, with the sun coming through and a lovely view to the garden. I suspect my aunt made more of a fuss of me than my parents used to. I felt like one of those famous invalids — Elizabeth Barrett Browning or someone like that. I’m sure I had books, but then I was almost never without a book — and I made sure everyone knew it when I was bookless. 😉

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  92. I only have one memory of being sick and enjoying myself — when I was a kid and had measles and we were staying at my aunt and uncle’s; probably it was school holidays, because we lived in the country and this was in the city. I think maybe my cousins also had measles — the one my own age did, not sure about the older ones. All I remember is spending the day lying in the sun-room, on one of those long curvy cane couches, with the sun coming through and a lovely view to the garden. I suspect my aunt made more of a fuss of me than my parents used to. I felt like one of those famous invalids — Elizabeth Barrett Browning or someone like that. I’m sure I had books, but then I was almost never without a book — and I made sure everyone knew it when I was bookless. 😉

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  93. I only have one memory of being sick and enjoying myself — when I was a kid and had measles and we were staying at my aunt and uncle’s; probably it was school holidays, because we lived in the country and this was in the city. I think maybe my cousins also had measles — the one my own age did, not sure about the older ones. All I remember is spending the day lying in the sun-room, on one of those long curvy cane couches, with the sun coming through and a lovely view to the garden. I suspect my aunt made more of a fuss of me than my parents used to. I felt like one of those famous invalids — Elizabeth Barrett Browning or someone like that. I’m sure I had books, but then I was almost never without a book — and I made sure everyone knew it when I was bookless. 😉

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  94. I only have one memory of being sick and enjoying myself — when I was a kid and had measles and we were staying at my aunt and uncle’s; probably it was school holidays, because we lived in the country and this was in the city. I think maybe my cousins also had measles — the one my own age did, not sure about the older ones. All I remember is spending the day lying in the sun-room, on one of those long curvy cane couches, with the sun coming through and a lovely view to the garden. I suspect my aunt made more of a fuss of me than my parents used to. I felt like one of those famous invalids — Elizabeth Barrett Browning or someone like that. I’m sure I had books, but then I was almost never without a book — and I made sure everyone knew it when I was bookless. 😉

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  95. I only have one memory of being sick and enjoying myself — when I was a kid and had measles and we were staying at my aunt and uncle’s; probably it was school holidays, because we lived in the country and this was in the city. I think maybe my cousins also had measles — the one my own age did, not sure about the older ones. All I remember is spending the day lying in the sun-room, on one of those long curvy cane couches, with the sun coming through and a lovely view to the garden. I suspect my aunt made more of a fuss of me than my parents used to. I felt like one of those famous invalids — Elizabeth Barrett Browning or someone like that. I’m sure I had books, but then I was almost never without a book — and I made sure everyone knew it when I was bookless. 😉

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  96. There was no such thing as a mental health day when I was a kid, so occasionally I faked “not feeling well” to avoid something at school. My mom was not fooled, but she didn’t confront me. As time wore on, I learned from her example that it was best to face things directly or slog on even when you weren’t ready.
    When I was actually sick, she was the best nurse ever. She had been an RN before she married and she knew just what to do to make a kid more comfortable. I was happy enough if I had something to read.
    The one time I was laid up for a while was when I was maybe 8 or so; my dad took us for a Sunday drive and I opened the door and was pulled out onto the highway. I had read Gene Autry comics and whenever he fell off Champion and rolled down a mountainside, he’d tuck up and go limp, so I did too. No broken bones, but some bad road burns on my arms and legs. I was made to stay in my mom’s bigger bed for a week and I missed going to daycamp. One day my dad said he’d bring me something when he came home (which he had never done before) and what did I want. I couldn’t decide – a coloring book, no, a comic book, no, a game, no, the book of Bambi, a bunch of stuff. To my astonishment, he remembered every thing I had said and he brought me all of them. So that’s when I first read Bambi.

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  97. There was no such thing as a mental health day when I was a kid, so occasionally I faked “not feeling well” to avoid something at school. My mom was not fooled, but she didn’t confront me. As time wore on, I learned from her example that it was best to face things directly or slog on even when you weren’t ready.
    When I was actually sick, she was the best nurse ever. She had been an RN before she married and she knew just what to do to make a kid more comfortable. I was happy enough if I had something to read.
    The one time I was laid up for a while was when I was maybe 8 or so; my dad took us for a Sunday drive and I opened the door and was pulled out onto the highway. I had read Gene Autry comics and whenever he fell off Champion and rolled down a mountainside, he’d tuck up and go limp, so I did too. No broken bones, but some bad road burns on my arms and legs. I was made to stay in my mom’s bigger bed for a week and I missed going to daycamp. One day my dad said he’d bring me something when he came home (which he had never done before) and what did I want. I couldn’t decide – a coloring book, no, a comic book, no, a game, no, the book of Bambi, a bunch of stuff. To my astonishment, he remembered every thing I had said and he brought me all of them. So that’s when I first read Bambi.

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  98. There was no such thing as a mental health day when I was a kid, so occasionally I faked “not feeling well” to avoid something at school. My mom was not fooled, but she didn’t confront me. As time wore on, I learned from her example that it was best to face things directly or slog on even when you weren’t ready.
    When I was actually sick, she was the best nurse ever. She had been an RN before she married and she knew just what to do to make a kid more comfortable. I was happy enough if I had something to read.
    The one time I was laid up for a while was when I was maybe 8 or so; my dad took us for a Sunday drive and I opened the door and was pulled out onto the highway. I had read Gene Autry comics and whenever he fell off Champion and rolled down a mountainside, he’d tuck up and go limp, so I did too. No broken bones, but some bad road burns on my arms and legs. I was made to stay in my mom’s bigger bed for a week and I missed going to daycamp. One day my dad said he’d bring me something when he came home (which he had never done before) and what did I want. I couldn’t decide – a coloring book, no, a comic book, no, a game, no, the book of Bambi, a bunch of stuff. To my astonishment, he remembered every thing I had said and he brought me all of them. So that’s when I first read Bambi.

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  99. There was no such thing as a mental health day when I was a kid, so occasionally I faked “not feeling well” to avoid something at school. My mom was not fooled, but she didn’t confront me. As time wore on, I learned from her example that it was best to face things directly or slog on even when you weren’t ready.
    When I was actually sick, she was the best nurse ever. She had been an RN before she married and she knew just what to do to make a kid more comfortable. I was happy enough if I had something to read.
    The one time I was laid up for a while was when I was maybe 8 or so; my dad took us for a Sunday drive and I opened the door and was pulled out onto the highway. I had read Gene Autry comics and whenever he fell off Champion and rolled down a mountainside, he’d tuck up and go limp, so I did too. No broken bones, but some bad road burns on my arms and legs. I was made to stay in my mom’s bigger bed for a week and I missed going to daycamp. One day my dad said he’d bring me something when he came home (which he had never done before) and what did I want. I couldn’t decide – a coloring book, no, a comic book, no, a game, no, the book of Bambi, a bunch of stuff. To my astonishment, he remembered every thing I had said and he brought me all of them. So that’s when I first read Bambi.

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  100. There was no such thing as a mental health day when I was a kid, so occasionally I faked “not feeling well” to avoid something at school. My mom was not fooled, but she didn’t confront me. As time wore on, I learned from her example that it was best to face things directly or slog on even when you weren’t ready.
    When I was actually sick, she was the best nurse ever. She had been an RN before she married and she knew just what to do to make a kid more comfortable. I was happy enough if I had something to read.
    The one time I was laid up for a while was when I was maybe 8 or so; my dad took us for a Sunday drive and I opened the door and was pulled out onto the highway. I had read Gene Autry comics and whenever he fell off Champion and rolled down a mountainside, he’d tuck up and go limp, so I did too. No broken bones, but some bad road burns on my arms and legs. I was made to stay in my mom’s bigger bed for a week and I missed going to daycamp. One day my dad said he’d bring me something when he came home (which he had never done before) and what did I want. I couldn’t decide – a coloring book, no, a comic book, no, a game, no, the book of Bambi, a bunch of stuff. To my astonishment, he remembered every thing I had said and he brought me all of them. So that’s when I first read Bambi.

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  101. I’m a nurse, my husband is a doctor, and our kids had a terrible time convincing us they were sick enough to stay home. If they didn’t have a fever or were actively vomiting, they went to school. There were several times they had to be picked up from school and we got nasty notes from the school nurse.

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  102. I’m a nurse, my husband is a doctor, and our kids had a terrible time convincing us they were sick enough to stay home. If they didn’t have a fever or were actively vomiting, they went to school. There were several times they had to be picked up from school and we got nasty notes from the school nurse.

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  103. I’m a nurse, my husband is a doctor, and our kids had a terrible time convincing us they were sick enough to stay home. If they didn’t have a fever or were actively vomiting, they went to school. There were several times they had to be picked up from school and we got nasty notes from the school nurse.

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  104. I’m a nurse, my husband is a doctor, and our kids had a terrible time convincing us they were sick enough to stay home. If they didn’t have a fever or were actively vomiting, they went to school. There were several times they had to be picked up from school and we got nasty notes from the school nurse.

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  105. I’m a nurse, my husband is a doctor, and our kids had a terrible time convincing us they were sick enough to stay home. If they didn’t have a fever or were actively vomiting, they went to school. There were several times they had to be picked up from school and we got nasty notes from the school nurse.

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  106. I did do a lot of reading when I was sick, although no particular book stands out. This was pre-measles and chickenpox vaccines, so I had all the childhood illnesses. But what I do remember doing is memorizing poems from my Childcraft Encyclopedia. Among others, “The Walrus and the Carpenter”, and Alfred Noyes “The Highwayman”. I still can remember certain stanzas from both of them.

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  107. I did do a lot of reading when I was sick, although no particular book stands out. This was pre-measles and chickenpox vaccines, so I had all the childhood illnesses. But what I do remember doing is memorizing poems from my Childcraft Encyclopedia. Among others, “The Walrus and the Carpenter”, and Alfred Noyes “The Highwayman”. I still can remember certain stanzas from both of them.

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  108. I did do a lot of reading when I was sick, although no particular book stands out. This was pre-measles and chickenpox vaccines, so I had all the childhood illnesses. But what I do remember doing is memorizing poems from my Childcraft Encyclopedia. Among others, “The Walrus and the Carpenter”, and Alfred Noyes “The Highwayman”. I still can remember certain stanzas from both of them.

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  109. I did do a lot of reading when I was sick, although no particular book stands out. This was pre-measles and chickenpox vaccines, so I had all the childhood illnesses. But what I do remember doing is memorizing poems from my Childcraft Encyclopedia. Among others, “The Walrus and the Carpenter”, and Alfred Noyes “The Highwayman”. I still can remember certain stanzas from both of them.

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  110. I did do a lot of reading when I was sick, although no particular book stands out. This was pre-measles and chickenpox vaccines, so I had all the childhood illnesses. But what I do remember doing is memorizing poems from my Childcraft Encyclopedia. Among others, “The Walrus and the Carpenter”, and Alfred Noyes “The Highwayman”. I still can remember certain stanzas from both of them.

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