I like to read, but often hear my mother saying, "it's such a waste of time, you need to be doing some-
thing productive!" Mary Anne said, "reading isn't the opposite of doing, it's the opposite of dying." At one point in the book Will wrote, "we love to read books because when we are finished talking about people we know we can talk about the things we've read! The experience of reading together provided reflection and topics of conversation they would not have otherwise shared.
He also wrote that after Mary Anne died they found 27 pair of reader glasses tucked in drawers, chairs, in baskets, and on top of end tables and night stands.
Will writes about his mother's ability to read an entire book at one sitting - something I've never done, mostly because reading relaxes me and I usually fall asleep quickly. It takes me a long time to read a book - I usually have to renew those I check out of the library because I'm so slow. I've been trying to check out large print books now and it seems to help my eyes from getting so tired. Sometimes listening to a book on tape in my car is a better way for me to get through a book quickly.
Mary Anne survived pancreatic cancer for over a year. She continued to read the Bible, The Book of Common Prayer and Daily Strength for Daily Needs. After his mother died Will wrote, "Next to Mom's bed was Daily Strength for Daily Needs, still with the bookmark in it marking the entry for Friday, September 11(the day she died in 2009). I looked in the book first for the Bible passage for that day. It was the shortest entry in the whole book, just three simple words:
Thy Kingdom Come.
Then I read the rest of the page. At the bottom was a quote from John Ruskin:
If you do not wish for His kingdom, don't pray for it. But if you do, you must do more than pray for it; you must work for it.
I believe those were the last words Mom ever read."
My sisters and I have compiled a list of our favorite books and we, too, have something to talk about when we've finished talking about all the quirky people in the Kopczynski family. Sisters, add this one to your list!!