Holy cow. So, my friend Leigh posted a link on her Facebook wall Friday about this free Kindle book. I LOVE FREE KINDLE BOOKS.
And do you know what I love even more? Free kindle books that are also family travel memoirs about crazy people who take their children across the country in a big, blue bus for who-knows-what outrageous reason.
In my head, this new free e-book just took a flying leap over the 413 waiting-to-be-read library books piled all over the bookshelf by my desk. I had some other important stuff to do Friday, but when nighttime rolled around, I was all over it.
And it’s a good thing it was on my Kindle (where I refuse to try to figure out the note-taking, highlighting features) or I would’ve been scribbling and scrawling and asterisking all over the thing (which can sometimes be annoying when I would like to read interrupted).
I laughed and nodded and smiled and nodded and thought, “Oh my word, ME TOO!” And nodded and nodded, so much nodding.
SO MUCH of it reminded me of our Zoo Trip. Taking our family on an adventure that really didn’t make much sense AT ALL. Staying with strangers, trying to explain ourselves, having no idea on earth where our next five dollars were going to come from.
And this is going to be so much TMI (and yes, I realize that’s as redundant as an ATM machine), but before I started the book, I was suffering from some pretty intense stomach cramps. And they were getting worse as I read and moving up my body which can only mean one thing: that my greatest fear was most probably about to be realized.
I AM DEATHLY AFRAID OF VOMITING.
The pain got worse. I knew I couldn’t go to sleep, so I just kept reading. Midnight, 12:30, 1:00. And I prayed as I read, “Please, God, let it come out the other end. Please, God. Pleeeeeeeeease, God! I don’t want to throw up!!!!!”
And then I felt it. The urge to go sit on the toilet, not hug it, and I ran to the bathroom, Kindle in hand.
And just after 1:00 a.m., as God lavished his mercy on me in the form of the opposite-of-throwing up, I read these words on my Kindle screen, “I sat on the bathroom floor. It was 1am, and the worst stomach pains I had ever felt came and went like contractions… I stared at the toilet, held my stomach, and moaned.”
I KNOW. Isn’t that NUTS?!?
I don’t want to give the whole book away, so I won’t tell you everything that happens. The bottom line: Shawn and Maile and their 4 small children (right around the same ages our kids were when we did our Zoo Thing) head out for a 10,000-mile adventure in a borrowed blue bus. And they learn stuff. And they live stuff. And they love and change and grow.
And also a little bit messy. And frightening. Like all good stories are.
And the minute I finished, I ran to my computer and wrote Maile this gushing, rambling Facebook message about how much I loved her. And if I scared her, she didn’t let on, because she wrote me the sweetest message back. And now we’re the best of internet friends.
And I would totally write out some sweet quotes from the book that just moved and inspired me, but I want to get this post out before it’s too late for you to get the book free.
Two things I need you to do. GO GET THIS FREE BOOK. And HURRY! (It’s only free until midnight tonight!)
Then I need you to tell me something:
In one sentence, tell me about a CRAZY ADVENTURE you’d love to go on someday.
(you don’t have to do this, of course, but I would LOVE to hear what gets your motor running)
Happy Free Day to You!!