Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Books...An Unimaginable Adventure! By Stacey from This Momma's Ramblings
Books provide access to an unimaginable adventure. One of my favorite hobbies has always been reading, for as far back as I can remember. As a kid, I spent a lot of time with my grandma, and every week during summer break we would ride our local city bus to our local public library. I would of course make a bee line to the children's section to select my books. I had several titles, that I would get every time that we went. I do truly mean several, by the time I had gathered all of the books that I wanted, I would have at least fifteen or twenty books. That would be thinner and easier to read when I was very young, and though the number did diminish some as I got older, the books simply got thicker. Grandma would always take one look at my stack, shake her head and say, "You are going to hurt your back carrying all of those books."
Now of course, grandma's warnings never stopped me from continuing the pile on the books to my stack. Still today, I will walk up to the checkout at the library with a basket full of books. The only difference today, is I will generally have at least two basket full's, one for me and one for lil miss. I have tried to instill the same love of reading in the kids, unfortunately lil man has not been bitten by the reading bug, lil miss likes to read but her computer is generally more enticing, and D-man by the time he is my age should have a book collection that rivals mine. Mine is overflowing my house...literally! I have several bags and even some boxes that I have no room on shelves for, yet I continue to buy them from rummage sales and book sales.
I am not sure what it has always been that fueled my love of books, what ever it was it was a deep seated love. The romance, sexy heroes, feisty heroines, far off lands, and adventures...oh my! I could always immerse myself in a story, wishing for a bit of that romance and adventure. There are so many aspects that immediately draw me in, my favorite kinds are ones that belong to a series which allows for the adventure to continue through out several members of the same family or group of friends. I also have become a fan of the historical genre in recent years, Scotland or England, most specifically, adding in the scenery, the castles, and the ball gowns. Someday, I want to own one of those big, beautiful, ball gowns.
I find it funny that even after all of these years the books that I used to stack so hi in my arms, are now the same books that my kids beg for me to read to them. Even so much so, that if one of them found a RIF book, when they still went to public school, that was one that I would check out to read to them they would grab it and give it to me as a gift. I can't even describe how wonderful that made me feel to know that they gave up a book they could have chosen, to get one of my favorites so that I could read it to them. I hope some of these books will continue to be enjoyed when my kids eventually read them to their kids.
I can't even begin to imagine a life without reading, I someday soon hope to find time to get back into reading, daily life has not allowed me the time I would like to read. I continue to build my collection so many different genres from kids to novels to educational text...someday I hope to also have a library that would rival the one that Beast gave to Belle in "Beauty and the Beast", hey a girl can dream, can't she? Do you like to read? Have you been able to instill a love of books in your kids? I would love to hear what you think!