Reading is one of my favorite pastimes. The enjoyment of sitting quietly, flipping through pages of words can be attributed to my parents, especially Mom, who instilled in me a love of learning through reading. If you walk into my parents house, you’d understand what I mean. Bookshelves are abundant, and full.
~ “A capacity and taste for reading gives access to whatever has already been discovered by others.” Abraham Lincoln ~
Not only did Mom acquire books for us to read, she taught us how to read, and read and read them to us. So did Dad. I have fond memories of lying around on the living room floor as a kid while my parents took turns reading us long stories of adventure, discovery, faith, and courageous heroes.
~ “Children are made readers on the laps of their parents.” Emilie Buchwald ~
We were also faithful – and possibly dreaded – patrons of our local library. There was no limit to the amount of books we were allowed to check out (though the content was closely monitored by Mom). I remember the librarian’s raised eyebrows when we’d haul our stacks and stacks of books onto their desk to be checked-out. We paid our fair share of library fines too for all the lost/late books that didn’t make it back in a timely manner. Oops 🙂
~ “Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers.” Harry S Truman ~
Like my parents before me, I’ve tried to instill this same love of a good book in my kids. I think it’s working. All of them love to look through books and now that my oldest is reading, and Half-pint is working on it, they’re starting to really enjoy just words on a page – no pictures required.
Littlest is finding out he’s one lucky little brother…and I’m finding I’m suddenly a freed-up mama. 🙂 There’s just about nothing sweeter than a rocking chair full of kiddos digesting a picture book, passing on the enjoyment of holding a story and discovering something new – together.