I love to read. It relaxes me and calms me down, and just makes the world a better place. I can’t remember not spending time buried in a book. As a child I had two big bookcases in my room, both completely stuffed with books. I like being transported into a different reality, and losing myself in a story.
Husband and I always read to the girls. When I was pregnant with Oldest One we bought a big nursery rhymes book and would read that to my stomach, and I would sing the ones that had a tune I knew. Little One adored nursery rhymes when she was little, and we own several books of them. It was common for the girls to bring books to us and ask us to read to them. As they got older I would tell them what books I used to read, and they enjoyed many of them.
So when I was talking to someone at my workplace that has a toddler and no books in the house it completely floored me. How can there not be books in the house to read to a child? No matter how young? As the conversation continued it seemed like getting books and reading to her daughter just hadn’t occurred to her. I suggested the library (my girls used to love going there) and it was an “oh yeah” moment for her, as she told me her family used to take her younger sister to the library, and that was always fun.
Oldest One isn’t much on reading outside of required class reading. Not because she doesn’t like to, but because she is a slow reader; she may read slowly, but she remembers all of it. Every summer she starts Little Women again because she wants to get through it. I have faith that one summer she will have the time, and she will love the book as much as I do.
Little One is a huge reader. She has a Kindle, she has a bookcase, and she loves having a book going on her Kindle and a regular book to read. She is the person who reads more than one book at a time. During the summer she goes to the library and brings home 12 or 15 books at a time. Right now she is reading Little Women for school, and I just read it again in the last year or so, and it has been fun talking about it with her.
I think I might have to get a couple of Sandra Boynton books for this person at work so she can start a collection for her daughter. I have a hard time if I finish one book and don’t have another one to read, and I just can’t imagine a house without books. It sounds horrible. And sad. The world is a much better place because there are more books to read than there is time to get to them.