Saturday Snuggle Read
A new feature of building blanket forts will be a ‘snuggle read Saturday’ section. One of my favorite things to do is to curl up with a book. Since the kids were small, we would call for ‘snuggle reading’ time, where we would gather together, under blankets to read. Sometimes we would read aloud, sometimes we would read our own books-but the common thread is that we would be snuggled up together. If you are looking for me, I can often be found wandering a bookstore. I love physical books, holding them in my hand, the feel of the covers, even the smell. I use a kindle when I travel, but prefer the feel of a book. Whether I am reading for self care, or if it’s in a blanket fort, I love to read. In this section I will share some of the books that I am reading with you.
The Plant Messiah
By Carlos Magdalena
I find so much peace by surrounding myself with nature. I love hiking in the woods-breathing deep the smells of the forest. The scents that are actually proven to unwind my soul-to help me relax. Over the past year I have enjoyed reading books that have given me a deeper understanding, knowledge, and appreciation for the inner workings of the natural world. Books like The Nature Fix, The Songs of Trees, and even Wishtree. Because of those books, I jumped at the chance to read an advance copy of Carlos Magdalena’s book The Plant Messiah. I devoured this book in one travel day. The book is Carlos Magdalena’s memoir about his life journey to save endangered plants around the world. I loved following his journey from childhood-the threads of his youth that led him to his vocation as the saver of endangered plants. The menagerie of plants and animals he rescued as a child. The influences of his parents influence as he grew up in Spain. Honestly though, my favorite part of this book was his attentiveness to what might seem ordinary to us. He took notice of the obscure, one of millions of plants. Not only did he notice it, but in his words, “He fell in love” and “He became obsessed.” When he was on a quest to save one plant from extinction it was his passion. He related stories of these plants, their origins, he brought readers on adventures in remote villages, islands and mountain tops. He always brought the plants home to the places they grew in the wild. While parts of the book read a bit scientific, I loved the story. I feel so much more aware of the beautiful diversity of plants our planet is painted with. I long to surround myself with more green, more flowers. And, I will not walk past an ‘ordinary’ plant on the path again.