I love NPR. I don't really know anything about it. I couldn't tell you much of anything that you might hear on there. But I love it. There is something so soothing about that radio station. When NPR is on in the background, I feel all zen and meditative-like. Much like when someone is brushing my hair.
This love for NPR began when I was 17 and I worked in my small town's bookstore. The bookstore also happened to be owned by my boyfriend's (at the time) family. His mom ran the store and I was lucky enough to have an after school job there. I loved working there. There was a bell on the door that would jangle whenever someone came inside. There were dogs. And regulars who would hang out at the front of the store and read their newspapers and drink our coffee. There were even eccentric characters. It was probably the closest I'll ever come to living out "Gilmore Girls". It was fantastic. It was perfection. It was too good to be true, honestly. But, the point is that there was always NPR playing in the background. And "All Things Considered" would be coming on or going off right around the time that we would close. I felt so relaxed at the bookstore. I felt so at home. So lucky. So fortunate to have the best after school job ever. So cultured and, for the first time, good enough.
So hearing NPR takes me back there. And even though I pay no attention to what's on the air, there is a certain comfort in having it on in the background. I turned it on in the school room this morning and I've left it on all day. Maybe I hope for the same relaxation to enter into the subconscious of my kids. Or maybe I just want to always feel like I'm in a bookstore. The sensation of browsing is so nice. If only we could all feel as if we were browsing all of the time, the world would be a happier place.
Yep, that's it. I want my reality to smell like Whole Foods and to sound like a bookstore. Isn't it great to figure out these things?