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The girl on the bus

She gets on the bus, carrying a bag that appears to be a bit too heavy for her slight built. In her hand is a book — a purple book. She grabs the first seat she can find and buries her nose in the book. It’s George’s Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl. She looks about eight or nine years old. Dressed in her beige school uniform and her dark hair tied back in a curly ponytail, she refuses to get distracted by her sister a seat or two away. She smiles as she reads, oblivious to the noise around her.

She looks up from her book for a moment, taking in the real world around her. Her eyes meet mine and she smiles, acknowledging the book in my hand. It’s a secret smile, one shared by avid readers. It’s a knowing smile of what it means to remain engrossed in a book and only occasionally taking in your surroundings. She goes back to reading her book; after all, the real world doesn’t have the same offerings of Dahl’s world. While I am drawn to read my own book, there is something fascinating about watching a child read.

I used to be the girl on the bus.

Nose buried in a book, held far too close. Oblivious to distractions by other students around me. To school and on the way home.I received the nickname ‘bookworm’ when I was her age. When I finally got glasses at the age of eight, a teacher told me it was due to reading on a moving vehicle for all those years. It didn’t stop me. It still hasn’t.

The girl’s mother calls out to her. Their stop is near. She tries to read until it stops — maybe a sentence, a paragraph or even a page. She catches my eyes again and smiles. A wider one this time. As she stands waiting for her bus to stop, she continues to read. It seems almost essential she reads a bit more before starting her school day. As the bus stops, she gives me a small wave — one bookworm to another — and disembarks from the bus.

I watch from the window as her sister follows her mother while the girl from the bus dawdles behind, nose buried in her book.

If I ever change my mind and have a daughter, I want her to be like the girl on the bus, losing herself in a world that’s not real but one that’s far more wonderful. One that will keep her company for years to come.

Because to be able to read and imagine, is possibly the best gift of all.

 


Until next time,

Cheers!!!

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  • Amy @ HandbagMafia
    29 March 2016 at 8:23 am

    This is my step daughter. She’s been a bookworm for years. The other two big kids are readers too, though on a less obsessive scale. It’s awesome.
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  • Amy @ HandbagMafia
    29 March 2016 at 8:23 am

    This is my step daughter. She’s been a bookworm for years. The other two big kids are readers too, though on a less obsessive scale. It’s awesome.
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  • JF Gibson
    29 March 2016 at 8:54 am

    This is our miss 10. She is making her way through the Harry Potter series at the moment and reads in every spare minute. I love that she loves to read, not because I do too, but because I can see the pure joy it brings her.

  • JF Gibson
    29 March 2016 at 8:54 am

    This is our miss 10. She is making her way through the Harry Potter series at the moment and reads in every spare minute. I love that she loves to read, not because I do too, but because I can see the pure joy it brings her.

  • Vanessa
    29 March 2016 at 10:19 am

    So true!!
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  • Vanessa
    29 March 2016 at 10:19 am

    So true!!
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  • Sunaynna
    29 March 2016 at 10:33 am

    I really enjoyed reading this!

  • Sunaynna
    29 March 2016 at 10:33 am

    I really enjoyed reading this!

  • Damyanti
    29 March 2016 at 10:55 am

    Very well written!

  • Damyanti
    29 March 2016 at 10:55 am

    Very well written!

  • Jess
    29 March 2016 at 11:11 am

    My brother used to get so angry at me because I could read in long car trips, and he couldn’t as he would get sick. I would just put my head down for 6 hours and look up again when we got there.
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  • Jess
    29 March 2016 at 11:11 am

    My brother used to get so angry at me because I could read in long car trips, and he couldn’t as he would get sick. I would just put my head down for 6 hours and look up again when we got there.
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  • Beat About the Book
    29 March 2016 at 12:08 pm

    I used to be like this. I’d read on the bus on the way to and from school and then while having lunch at home and once even during craft class. Got caught of course, and punished too :-).
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    • Sanch @ Living my Imperfect Life
      29 March 2016 at 5:37 pm

      Oh I read during lunch too until my parents wouldn’t let me because my food would still be there an hour later…and I’ve gotten caught with a story book between my school books. Good times!

  • Beat About the Book
    29 March 2016 at 12:08 pm

    I used to be like this. I’d read on the bus on the way to and from school and then while having lunch at home and once even during craft class. Got caught of course, and punished too :-).
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    • Sanch @ Living my Imperfect Life
      29 March 2016 at 5:37 pm

      Oh I read during lunch too until my parents wouldn’t let me because my food would still be there an hour later…and I’ve gotten caught with a story book between my school books. Good times!

  • Vasantha Vivek
    29 March 2016 at 5:13 pm

    Happy to read your post, Sanch. Reading is a real gift for children.
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  • Vasantha Vivek
    29 March 2016 at 5:13 pm

    Happy to read your post, Sanch. Reading is a real gift for children.
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  • Nabanita
    29 March 2016 at 6:34 pm

    Your last sentence says it all. I’m that girl.. I still get lost in books, even while feeding M in the middle of the night. Reading is so precious to me. The greatest of life’s joys..
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    • Sanch @ Living my Imperfect Life
      29 March 2016 at 9:17 pm

      Ok, so now I’m totally trying to picture how you manage to feed and read! Haha but I reckon I would do the same if I was you 😛

  • Nabanita
    29 March 2016 at 6:34 pm

    Your last sentence says it all. I’m that girl.. I still get lost in books, even while feeding M in the middle of the night. Reading is so precious to me. The greatest of life’s joys..
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    • Sanch @ Living my Imperfect Life
      29 March 2016 at 9:17 pm

      Ok, so now I’m totally trying to picture how you manage to feed and read! Haha but I reckon I would do the same if I was you 😛

  • Sid
    29 March 2016 at 7:13 pm

    An avid reader can always relate to such posts; and of course, it takes a ‘bookworm’ to be able to describe the scene (and someone reading a book) with so much love. Nicely written, Sanch.
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  • Sid
    29 March 2016 at 7:13 pm

    An avid reader can always relate to such posts; and of course, it takes a ‘bookworm’ to be able to describe the scene (and someone reading a book) with so much love. Nicely written, Sanch.
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  • Ashleigh - mymeow.com.au
    29 March 2016 at 9:03 pm

    My little nephew is like this! It is so nice to watch. He is such a little bookworm. Only 6 and wants to take his books everywhere, even in the car. I think it is the best thing my parents ever did for me, make me a book worm. Any recommendations for me? You have put me onto some good things recently!
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    • Sanch @ Living my Imperfect Life
      29 March 2016 at 9:16 pm

      Ooh…just read a beautiful one ‘Everything I never told you’. Also Richard Glover’s memoir ‘Flesh Wounds’. Reviews yet to come on the blog when I find the time!

      And how cute is your nephew…sounds like me when I was his age! Isn’t it great our parents encouraged that?

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    29 March 2016 at 9:03 pm

    My little nephew is like this! It is so nice to watch. He is such a little bookworm. Only 6 and wants to take his books everywhere, even in the car. I think it is the best thing my parents ever did for me, make me a book worm. Any recommendations for me? You have put me onto some good things recently!
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    • Sanch @ Living my Imperfect Life
      29 March 2016 at 9:16 pm

      Ooh…just read a beautiful one ‘Everything I never told you’. Also Richard Glover’s memoir ‘Flesh Wounds’. Reviews yet to come on the blog when I find the time!

      And how cute is your nephew…sounds like me when I was his age! Isn’t it great our parents encouraged that?

  • Robyna | the mummy and the minx
    29 March 2016 at 9:55 pm

    Ever since I could read I remember having two or three books on the go, sometimes reading them by torch light under the covers. It’s a wonderful thing to grow up loving books.

  • Robyna | the mummy and the minx
    29 March 2016 at 9:55 pm

    Ever since I could read I remember having two or three books on the go, sometimes reading them by torch light under the covers. It’s a wonderful thing to grow up loving books.

  • Janet aka Middle Aged Mama
    29 March 2016 at 11:03 pm

    I’m so sad that neither of my kids caught the reading bug 🙁
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    29 March 2016 at 11:03 pm

    I’m so sad that neither of my kids caught the reading bug 🙁
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  • Shannon@ my2morrows
    30 March 2016 at 8:27 am

    That girl was me too. My little miss is almost old enough for Rohld and I’m so excited! Xx
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    30 March 2016 at 8:27 am

    That girl was me too. My little miss is almost old enough for Rohld and I’m so excited! Xx
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  • CookieCrumbsInc
    30 March 2016 at 3:56 pm

    Hahaha this is definitely me 🙂
    I used to read on the pot to prevent Mum from breaking my reading binge with chores.

    Lovely writing, Sanch.
    Like Sid said, it takes one to know one.

  • CookieCrumbsInc
    30 March 2016 at 3:56 pm

    Hahaha this is definitely me 🙂
    I used to read on the pot to prevent Mum from breaking my reading binge with chores.

    Lovely writing, Sanch.
    Like Sid said, it takes one to know one.

  • Marcy
    30 March 2016 at 11:52 pm

    I love that feeling of getting lost in another world and it taking a moment to connect with reality again, and then it only taking a moment to return to the other world. You captured it well.
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  • Marcy
    30 March 2016 at 11:52 pm

    I love that feeling of getting lost in another world and it taking a moment to connect with reality again, and then it only taking a moment to return to the other world. You captured it well.
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  • Melony
    31 March 2016 at 5:41 pm

    What a wonderful piece! I am always filled with such joy when I see a kid reading a book. It is a rarity, like the sun shining when it’s raining.

  • Melony
    31 March 2016 at 5:41 pm

    What a wonderful piece! I am always filled with such joy when I see a kid reading a book. It is a rarity, like the sun shining when it’s raining.

  • Parul
    31 March 2016 at 11:27 pm

    I am that girl. Though sometimes, I am the one who would pull out the phone to click sky, Sun, Moon and others on a bus.
    What a lovely piece. If I also change my mind, I would also want her to be like the girl on the bus. 🙂
    And bookworm? I have been called that too.
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  • Parul
    31 March 2016 at 11:27 pm

    I am that girl. Though sometimes, I am the one who would pull out the phone to click sky, Sun, Moon and others on a bus.
    What a lovely piece. If I also change my mind, I would also want her to be like the girl on the bus. 🙂
    And bookworm? I have been called that too.
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