Perhaps an Old Childhood Favorite

This week we were asked what books we would choose to read to an ill adult friend. This is a tough one. I would first ask that friend if there are any books that they want to listen to. Then would see if I could find that book. I would want to make sure that I read them something that they would enjoy. Everyone has tastes that are incredibly different. I wouldn’t want someone to come and read anything spooky or supernatural to me, I would not find that very comforting. I know that some people do not care for romance, even if it is sweet romance like I do enjoy from time to time. While picking out something to read to an ill friend I would want to make sure that it is something that we could both enjoy.

Perhaps I would find out what their favorite book was as a child. Four years ago when I first was incredibly ill my children ordered The Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder for my birthday. This series has always been a favorite of mine. I read it over and over as a child. Then read it out loud to each of my children when they were younger. My copies had all been worn or lost so when they gave me the entire set for my birthday I was thrilled. I have since read it at least once a year and have read it to Wyatt three times since then. I find great comfort in these books that I loved as a child. So I would want to perhaps offer that same feeling of familiarity and comfort to a friend who was ill by finding a favorite book or series of theirs.

The other thing that I find comforting to listen to when I do not feel well is the Bible. I don’t know if many other people feel this way but I do find that when I am not well I will often times select one of my Bible selections on Audible. I have more than one because I had found different voices soothing. There is great comfort in hearing God’s Word so that is something that I would consider reading to a friend if they were not opposed to it. Though, I often stumble over many of the names in the Bible so reading that would not sound as smoothly as reading a novel.

Really, what I would read to a ill adult friend or relative would truly depend on what they would like to have read to them.

About Angela Schroeder

Angela Schroeder is a single mother of three. She was born and raised in Iowa in a river town known for its pearl buttons. Having four siblings, she never lacked for someone to play with. As she grew older, she found herself pulled into books and writing more and more. Her parents are her heroes, her siblings her confidants and tormentors, and her children are a wonderful blessing. Church is important to her children and her. They enjoy the friendships they’ve made with the people there. Writing has always been a passion. Her first experience was in fifth grade when she went to a one-day writing conference. After that she knew it was something she wanted to pursue.
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4 Responses to Perhaps an Old Childhood Favorite

  1. Jeff Salter says:

    Excellent point about the Bible — there is much comfort therein.

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  2. Patricia Kiyono says:

    Childhood favorites are a great idea. There are studies that show that playing musical favorites from one’s younger years can improve mood as well as cognitive function in people suffering from Alzheimer’s and dementia, so it makes sense that hearing literature from one’s youth would help, too.

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  3. Well, of course it depends on the person, Angie. I was just thinking about what each of us would think be uplifting and comforting, and you made great choices.


  4. Elaine Cantrell says:

    Good thinking.


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