a4bf31a46d000ae660d858ccdd3d2e36Booking Through Thursday prompts:

“I want you to think about your ideal reading experience. Think about the location. (Your bed? Favorite chair? The beach? Indoors or outdoors?). Think about the sounds. (Is there music playing? Happy children playing in the background? Utter silence?) Is there a snack or beverage nearby? Are you alone or with friends/family (presumably being quiet enough for you to read in peace)? What kind of lighting is there? Are you dressed in something ultra-comfy? What’s your position? Curled up? Stretched out?

Now … describe it so that we can all feel exactly how perfect it is … and why.”

I’m stretched out in bed wearing my comfiest, fluffiest pajama bottoms and a light tank top, snuggled under the flannel sheets and our blue comforter, a pile of pillows behind my head. Beside me, the Beloved Husband props himself up against his own stack of pillows and reads a book of his own. Occasionally, I reach over to play with his hair and he’ll stroke the side of my foot with his own. At the foot of the bed, the cat stretches across both of us, purring – a little heated foot massage!

The window is cracked open to let in some of the cool night air. Through it also drifts the sounds of crickets chirping and the occasional car driving past on the road outside our home. It smells of  damp concrete and freshly cut bushes.

The yellow light of my bedside lamp gives our small bedroom a warm glow. Right next to the lamp on my bedside table rests a steaming mug of chamomile tea (or cold milk, if it’s summertime) and a plate of peanut butter and honey toast.

The Beloved Husband and I read together until we start to doze. Then off goes the light and we cuddle up to go to sleep. A perfect end to a long day.