By Carrie Dubay
I grew up an avid reader. My mom always called me her little bookworm. I was never without a book in my hands. I begged for years for a window seat in my room – I had dreams of sitting in my special nook reading the day away. Alas, my windows were in the middle of a wall where there was no possibility of ever having a nook. But I digress. The point is, I've always loved to read.
As a busy mom of four, it has been harder to find time to hide away with a great book. Life has demanded too much for this pleasure. So, when COVID hit, the one positive I grasped was all the extra time I would finally have for book reading. And my daughter's room even had that window seat I'd always longed for! One of the first things I did when quarantine happened was download three books I'd been wanting to read to my kindle.
And then, nothing...I could not read in quarantine! All this gifted time on my hands and I literally could not read a page. My mind was so scattered I couldn’t focus on even the lightest of genres. What frustration! So, I walked. A lot. Walking seemed to clear my mind, offer a distraction that required no focus and give me fresh perspective after a long day at home. And in my walking, I discovered a renewed love for podcasts.
Now, I have enjoyed podcasts for years but in quarantine I have become a serial podcast listener. And I'm an equal opportunist, listening to everything from the political to the fluff. When one of my favorite podcasts, Serial released a new series - Nice White Parents, I immediately added it to my library.