The question keeps popping up: How do you read a book a week? I've answered it before (I don't watch TV, I don't play golf, etc.) but I've thought of another factor and thought I'd write about it today, on Mother's Day. The other factor is just habit and example. My mother read a book a week. Trips to the library were built into our weekly routine, like trips to the grocery store. Her mother read a book a week, and my other grandmother read a book a week too. Her daughters, my aunts, do too. My stepmother and sister read that much as well. It's just something that mothers and daughters do in our family. I know my friend Anne and her sister Julia read a book a week also, a habit they got from their mother. In these families books are like food. You wouldn't let the cupboard get empty and you wouldn't be without a book (and a backup book) either.
I am thankful that my mother set this example, though I'm sure she didn't think of it that way. On this Mother's Day I want to remember all the departed mothers in my life: my mother Patricia, her mother Marie, and my father's mother Virginia, great readers all.