The Screwtape Letters and Hammocks

For a while I lived in Australia.   During the time I lived there I was bitten by a mosquito and I became infected with something called Ross River Virus, which left me very sick.  When I got back to the US I was still rather weak and trying to recover.  I bought a book by C.S. Lewis called, “The Screwtape Letters.”  I took my new book out to the backyard and strung up my hammock.  I was just about to get in when my baby niece started to cry.  My younger brother was watching her but I picked her up and brought her out to the hammock.

Rocking in the hammock over the next couple of days I read the entire book to my baby niece.  She seemed to enjoy laying there hearing me read and swinging back and forth.  I enjoyed the time with her and learning from one of the world’s great writers.

This week that baby niece graduated high school, and I am re-reading Mr. Lewis’ book, “The Screwtape Letters.”  If you have never read this particular book I recommend it.  Better yet, I recommend reading it in a hammock.  Or reading it to someone you love.  (Or both if you can swing it…sometimes I can’t resist a pun.)

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