I love BEING a reader and simply can’t imagine what it’s like to go through life without being one.
Am I the only one who feels this way? That wonders at how other people can simply NOT do something that should be so essential? Who feels almost sad that so many people seem content to go through their lives without stretching their mental wings at all?
Can you imagine NOT being a Reader? How does it shape your life? Your perception of it?
How does being a Reader affect your relationship with all those folks who are looking at it from the other side and simply can’t understand how you can sit and READ all the time?
I love this question. My earliest memories involve reading. There is a reason that my favorite elementary teacher was the school librarian. I would get all my work done in class, just so I could read a book. One year, my teacher called my mom because I was reading in class and she wanted me to stop because, to the other children, it looked like I was reading and hadn't done my work. My mother's response was incredulous, "You have a child who loves to read and you want her to stop?" My mom's suggestion was to just send me to the library when I finished all my work. I had my favorite books memorized before I could read and I always got a new book in my Easter basket, in my Christmas stocking, for a reward or accomplishment.
The books I read so completely shaped me and affected me and my perceptions of people as I was growing up. I learned a lot about personal interaction by the way book characters behaved. I loved reading because I could connect with book characters. Sara Crewe, in A Little Princess, for example. I was a pretender, just like her. I had a completely different life inside my head most of the time and so did Sara and it was ok!
I don't remember reading as much in high school, but I'm sure I did and I read all the time in college. My major was English, but my roommate and I would read romance novels as a way of escaping the required reading and we were regular visitors to a small, used bookstore where we could trade in books for credit.
I have some girlfriends who I share books with, because I get so many for review and I love loaning them out and having friends who love to read, just like I do.
My boys are readers and so is my husband. It's not uncommon to see a couple of us sitting in the living room, each reading our own book, but still together.
I can't imagine not being a reader. I can't imagine not wanting to read. It's so much a part of my soul. I often hope that there is a great big library in Heaven, because I imagine I will still want to read!
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