The Bookaholic’s Breakfast…
March 16, 2010 § 11 Comments
What makes a bookaholic’s breakfast?
A cup of coffee (make a full pot, because when mixed with reading, the coffee will turn cold halfway through the mug and will need refilling from the pot. So, to say one drank a whole pot of coffee in this case would NOT be true, really, but rather that one drank an entire pot of half cups.) Still, bookaholics (with underlying writing tendencies) tend to exaggerate for good effect.
A piece of toast or bagel or scone, which is dry but still a bit more dressy than the first two. The bookaholic does enjoy a light but upscale breakfast and might even spring for a yogurt “sundae” , that being yogurt, some fresh fruit and some granola because it’s healthy AND pretty. However, the bookaholic will not consume a huge breakfast, knowing that he/she will not be running 5 miles but more likely will be reading for five hours (obviously, on a weekend day because during the week, like everyone else, the bookaholic is out there earning in order to be able to purchase more books and other bookaholic parapharnelia – to be discussed in a separate entry.) Still, the bookaholic knows that a good breakfast is important, but in the excitement of actually getting to the table with reading matter in hand, is very likely to have a bowl of cereal which takes the least time and so allows for getting down to the reading faster, eating and reading.
The newspaper, for those who were raised on any one of them and still have a morning paper (really? where do you live?) is a wonderful companion.
A magazine like The New Yorker for those who used to live there and now don’t, OR any other mag with real stories. But fashion and decor mags do not a good breakfast mag make.
A book (and this is the time of day when it’s good and fun to crack open a new book, OR gambol through a page-turner already underway.
Breakfast companions are not required. Should they arrive on the scene, the bookaholic will greet them heartily and briefly and return to reading. Such companions are best if they are not garrulous in the morning, if they do indeed enjoy a good read with said meal or if they have merely stopped by the kitchen for some juice and will then be returning to whatever room from whence they came.
Often, the bookaholic will be careful to discourage conversation, pretending instead to be listening or engaged (all politely done) in whatever any companion on the scene may be nattering on about. It is not with some relief or contentment that the bookaholic returns to the engaging reading matter as the “interrupter” does any of the following – leaves, remains quiet or also engages in reading.
The morning read is one of the great pleasures of life, something pursued before the day stirs and is truly underway, a gorgeous bit of time between waking and running out the door to work or any other schedule.
And while the bookaholic seems to be a bit of a rough go in terms of breakfast companionship, it’s just not true. We won’t talk your ear off, or ask a million questions, or make limp conversation. We won’t be grumpy or overly effusive. And we will always always look up with a smile, albeit a dreamy one, and wish you a wonderful day.