It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a grown woman in possession of Jane Austen temporary tattoos, must have had good parents.
I’m not in possession of these babies just yet (because they’re sold out! Boo!), but they will be mine. Which means I had good parents, obviously.
Reading to your child is a gift. For them and for you. Bestowing upon a young person a love of literature guarantees them a lifetime of escape, imagination, fantasy, suspense and creativity. It doesn’t require a screen or a wifi password. When they’re young, however, it does require a partner. See if there’s any moment with your child when they are cuddlier and more attentive than when you settle into a chair together to read a book.
My parents generously sent me to college and didn’t bat an eye when I majored in English (as opposed to something — anything — more practical). I had my nose buried in books — largely Shakespeare and 19-century British chick lit — for four years and couldn’t have been happier. Some of my fondest memories from college were when I was lost in the moorlands or longing for a peek at Pemberley.
Now that I’m a mom, I find the holiday season utterly useless for my own purposes. There’s nothing I want other than the make my kids happy (or to stop whining). Well, nothing until I saw these Jane Austen temporary tattoos on Jezebel. I know it makes me a nerd, but kind of a sexy nerd, right? Books are sexy. Darcy is sexy.
Jane Austen temporary tattoos will let the world know I’m hip (body ink!) and smart (“The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.”). Is there a better gift than one that makes you feel like both of these things?
As Jane Austen said, “She had a lively, playful disposition that delighted in anything ridiculous.” Ridiculous intelligence. Is there a better combination this holiday season?
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