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Although it’s not food related, one of the biggest bummer for me in the past few years has been to have to go back to college to get a Bachelor’s degree. Long story short, my early childhood education degree from Quebec isn’t quite good enough to work in preschool in Virginia. I was lucky enough to be able to study full time and finish faster instead of prolonging it forever while working. It was still a very difficult lifestyle change as I love working with the preschool munchkins. I went from chasing and teaching toddlers to driving up to school (40 minutes away) three times a week and sitting at home all day to study. It was quite a contrast and I still spend a lot of time complaining about it.
But going back to school had its good sides too! It might sound silly but I forgot how much I like reading. I hadn’t been reading much since I moved to the US. A few books once in a while but I definitely wasn’t the kind of person who would have a book by my bedside. Well, as much as I first complained about all the books I would have to read for school, especially in my French classes, it reminded me of how nice it is to sit down with a good book and get wrapped up in a story. And, I can’t deny that most of the books picked by my professors were actually pretty interesting.
(Photo: Fattie loves French grammar…apparently more than I do!)
Well, thanks to this rekindling of my reading habits, I did something I never thought would be possible: I joined a book club! A few friends of mine suggested starting a book club which seemed like a ridiculous idea to me at first. Don’t I read enough for school already? Well, there is apparently a big difference between assignment reading and fun reading! AND I get to discover books that I would have never picked up at the library, sometimes because I had no idea what they were about or because I just assumed I wouldn’t like them. A lot of the books we’re going to read in the upcoming months are definitely out of my “biography and non fiction” comfort zone but I am definitely looking forward to the challenge. For example, this month, we’re reading The Help. I had heard of it (and the movie) but had absolutely no idea what it was about. Well, for a book that I might have never thought of picking up myself, I love it so far!
(Photo: Enjoying a good book from Quebec in my free time)
So there you have it kids, going back to school might make you join a book club…or something like it. 😉