Friday, November 9, 2012

A Girl Who Reads

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I found this today. On Pinterest.
And I tracked down the source.
I felt like it resonated with me.
Because I'M a girl who reads.
Not nearly as often as I'd like.
And I miss getting lost in the pages of a book.
Living someone elses' life.
Sure I come back to reality
and I know the difference between the two.
But this girl, the girl who reads,
who writes...
She is me, and
I am her.

DATE A GIRL WHO READSby Rosemarie Urquico
(In response to Charles Warnke’s You Should Date an Illiterate Girl)

Date a girl who reads. Date a girl who spends her money on books instead of clothes. She has
problems with closet space because she has too many books. Date a girl who has a list of books she
wants to read, who has had a library card since she was twelve.
Find a girl who reads. You’ll know that she does because she will always have an unread book in her
bag.She’s the one lovingly looking over the shelves in the bookstore, the one who quietly cries out
when she finds the book she wants. You see the weird chick sniffing the pages of an old book in a
second hand book shop? That’s the reader. They can never resist smelling the pages, especially when
they are yellow.
She’s the girl reading while waiting in that coffee shop down the street. If you take a peek at her mug, the non-dairy creamer is floating on top because she’s kind of engrossed already.
 Lost in a world of
the author’s making. Sit down. She might give you a glare, as most girls who read do not like to be
interrupted. Ask her if she likes the book.
Buy her another cup of coffee.
Let her know what you really think of Murakami. See if she got through the first chapter of
Fellowship. Understand that if she says she understood James Joyce’s Ulysses she’s just saying 
that to sound intelligent. Ask her if she loves Alice or she would like to be Alice.
It’s easy to date a girl who reads. Give her books for her birthday, for Christmas and for
anniversaries. Give her the gift of words, in poetry, in song. Give her Neruda, Pound, Sexton,
Cummings. Let her know that you understand that words are love. Understand that she knows the
 difference between books and reality but by god, she’s going to try to make her life a little like her
favorite book. It will never be your fault if she does.
She has to give it a shot somehow.
Lie to her. If she understands syntax, she will understand your need to lie. Behind words are other
things: motivation, value, nuance, dialogue. It will not be the end of the world.
Fail her. Because a girl who reads knows that failure always leads up to the climax. Because girls
who understand that all things will come to end. That you can always write a sequel. That you can
begin again and again and still be the hero. That life is meant to have a villain or two.
Why be frightened of everything that you are not? Girls who read understand that people, like
characters, develop. Except in the Twilight series.
If you find a girl who reads, keep her close. When you find her up at 2 AM clutching a book to her
chest and weeping, make her a cup of tea and hold her. You may lose her for a couple of hours but
she will always come back to you. She’ll talk as if the characters in the book are real, because for a
while, they always are.
You will propose on a hot air balloon. Or during a rock concert. Or very casually next time she’s sick. Over Skype.
You will smile so hard you will wonder why your heart hasn’t burst and bled out all over your chest
yet. You will write the story of your lives, have kids with strange names and even stranger tastes. She
will introduce your children to the Cat in the Hat and Aslan, maybe in the same day. You will walk
the winters of your old age together and she will recite Keats under her breath while you shake the
snow off your boots.
Date a girl who reads because you deserve it. You deserve a girl who can give you the most colorful
life imaginable. If you can only give her monotony, and stale hours and half-baked proposals, then
you’re better off alone. If you want the world and the worlds beyond it, date a girl who reads.
Or better yet, date a girl who writes.
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