I was cleaning out my closet this weekend when I spied a roll of medical tape hidden in my pile of purple clothes. (I sort my laundry by lights, darks, reds, and purples. Um, don’t ask.) How a roll of medical tape landed in my purples, I can not say, but I wouldn’t be surprised if the resident feline played a part in putting it there. Regardless, the tape was used before my son’s surgery last summer when we needed to test him for a nickel allergy. I taped what looked like a watch battery to his wrist, and he tried his best not to let it drive him crazy for a few days. No allergic reaction signaled a green light to order the correct bar for the Nuss Procedure.
This smallish roll of tape reminded me of my anxiety surrounding his surgery, but it also took me back to the books that got me through the roughest periods of pre and post op worry; books which taped me back together every time I felt like I’d fall apart.
Thank Heaven for books, right?
Last week marked my son’s annual check-up, and he is doing very well. I will continue to watch over him—as mothers are wont to do—until the bar is removed in two years, but this summer marks one of less stress, relaxed reading, and more fun for the entire family. We’ve already been to the bookstore twice, and we plan to visit the library this week.
My current read is The Morganville Vampires, Vol. 1 (Glass Houses / The Dead Girls’ Dance) by Rachel Caine (Young Adult). This series is highly addictive, and I plan to purchase Book 2 on my next trip. I can’t believe I waited this long to read her work, because it’s beyond fantastic. I’d describe it as complex, funny, intense, and deliciously dark.Two other titles I’m looking forward to reading by two of my favorite authors are Shadow Bound by Rachel Vincent (Adult) and Dark Kiss by Michelle Rowen (Young Adult).
What reads are you looking forward to this month?