Thursday, August 11, 2011

I love books

I caught my son reading a book to himself the other day. Oh, the pride and joy I felt.

Books have always played such an important role in my life. I can barely remember being without a book nearby. I remember the delight and wonder of seeing a library for the first time. I still get a feeling that you could call giddiness when I enter a library. I can clearly recall what my elementary school's library looked like and where all the fiction books were located. (We will not discuss just how long it has been since I've been in grade school!) I remember when I went to university and how excited I was to explore a library with several floors. I knew all the best quiet places to read.

I've had a lot of books over the years. I moved a lot in the years of my early adulthood and had to part with books then. I still mourn the loss of my Nancy Drew collection and bags of Stephen King novels. I'm settled in a house now. My bookshelves are overflowing. I still want more. I'll be getting an e-reader for my birthday. Hopefully that will help with the problem of space.

I hope my son loves books as much as I do. We read to him a lot. He sees my husband and I with books. He knows which shelves contain my books, which ones have my husband's and which are his. He has yet to rip pages out of any books or color in them. *knocks on wood*

I see way too many people who never read more than a newspaper or an entertainment magazine. I couldn't see going through life without books. I want my son to know the same joy and excitement as I do when I pick up a new book. I want to nurture his imagination and let him know that it is limitless.

5 comments:

  1. Aww! Brandon's just so cute! I hope he loves books as much as we do. And as his designated book fairy, I can't wait to find more books for him. :)

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  2. I'm right there with you. My husband and I are both avid, "take a book with you everywhere" type readers and we were worried for a while our daughter wouldn't like books like we do. She never wanted to read but she did like to listen to stories on CD. It took her longer than expected, but eventually she came around and sometimes she'll sit and read for hours. Makes me so proud. :)

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  3. You are setting an awesome example for your son. And cool you're getting an eReader!

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  4. I couldn't imagine going through life without books, either--though I'd probably find another way to tell stories, if I had to. :)

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  5. Cherie, I love that my son has a book fairy! :)
    Sarah, I'm happy to hear you have a reader too. I hope my son will love to sit and read for hours. We can do it together as a family!
    Alex, thank you!
    TGE, yes, me too!

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