Friday, 7 January 2011
What are your daily essentials?
We all know we're supposed to have five portions of fruit and veg every day. Most of us don't and manage to mosey along without too much difficulty.
I wrote a post yesterday for Ready for Ten about the prospect of libraries closing and how tragic that will be for our children - and their children. In it, I talked about libraries being a supply of free nutrition for kids' brains.
The more I think about it, the more I realise that I was right. Libraries - books - provide essential elements for a growing, and healthy, mind. Access to them should be a right, enshrined in law like shelter, education, and health care.
For me reading is a daily essential. A few pages or a chapter at night time help me to switch off. I can't imagine a public transport journey without printed matter. Without written words, my existence - and that of my family - would feel malnourished.
My other daily essentials include coffee - proper, not instant.
Radio is pretty much a must-have. How could I pass a car journey, get dressed or make a meal without it?
A chat with my husband is important to us - probably less so to anyone else, although I'm sure he'd be happy to co-operate if you fancy a parley with the Panther...
Food every few hours, I'm very bad at hungry. That's probably more for the benefit of those around me, though. oh. And a few minutes that belong to me alone.. just a few..
That's it. See, I'm quite low-maintenance really - five a day and something to read. What's on your list of essentials?