The story was about kids in grade school. I worried that it would be too juvenile for her and that she'd be disinterested and further frustrated by introducing 1 more thing to think about. But, I jumped in and read anyway because it felt like the right thing to do. After several paragraphs, a character popped up who was chewing gum in a very aggressive manner. As I was reading, I noticed she was fussing with her purse and I thought, "Oh, this is probably boring her." Then, she popped a piece of gum in her mouth and offered one to me, much to my surprise. Wow... my reading and the story brought on a sudden craving for juicy fruit. How funny!?!
After a full page of reading, we were interrupted because they moved her to a different room. We ended up parting - I went home and she to her new room. I clasped her hand and wished her a good night's rest and that I'd see her very soon. As I walked away, I thought, "Well, that probably bored her."
A few days later, after she left the hospital, we were walking past one another and she said to me, "You know, I was wondering how that story ended up..." And here's me thinking that the story was too childish and she was feeling too ill to be interested. What a lovely discovery.
I encourage you to trust your intuition and to find time to read stories to one another, be it during times of duress or just to break up the monotony. Just because we have wonderful TV programs, movies, and fabulous audio books (of which I adore all 3), that doesn't mean there isn't a place for person to person reading or acting out plays. In fact, after reading to her, I believe we would enrich our lives much further if we carved out a space for acting in our ordinary, daily life. Try it. Tell me what you discover. I'd love to know.