Bookcase Full of Books
A Bookcase of Books-reading the easy way is the story of how I was introduced to reading. Reading is a praiseworthy method of learning and a habit to nurture.
I have always been curious and fascinated with learning new things. This curiosity was instilled into me early as a child, by my parents. I was raised in comfortable poverty, in a small seaside village, not financially rich, but certainly not destitute.
We always had a roof over our heads and a full stomach to go to bed with. One blessing that was bestowed onto my mother as she was growing up, was a love of books and learning. Lucky for me, I ended up being on the good end of this blessing.
A Curious Child
As a very young child, I remember the day my father brought home a newly built bookcase to contain and classify all of my mother’s books.
My mother was both surprised and ecstatic. She hugged and kissed my father, and that simple event brought a tsunami of joy into our humble home. It became the topic of conversation for days.
My mother quickly gathered all the books she had and filled the bookcase full on the first day, with a few armsful of books neatly placed on top.
A New Habit
The following day when my father came home from work, I was sitting on the floor, in front of our new bookcase. I was looking through the pages of these books and this pleased him a lot, as I got to learn later in my early life.
My father asked me what all those books were doing on top of the bookcase, and I said that our bookcase was gorgeous and strong and that it could support all those extra books on top of it. He didn’t say very much at the beginning. Then he asked me a few questions about what I was reading and soon we were called to dinner.
A New Bookcase
I can’t remember what we had for dinner that night, but I’m sure that I gobbled it up quickly and ran back to sit on the floor, to continue looking through all of my mother’s books that had suddenly fallen into my possession. My mother had an eclectic collection of books, many with pictures in bright colours, of all sorts of animals and things that I had never seen before.
The number and variety of books in her collection kept me interested and fascinated throughout my childhood. Soon afterwards, a matching bookcase arrived, thanks to my father’s efforts. All of this happened long before I started kindergarten, and the reading habit has remained with me to this day.
The Habit Lives On
The result of this effort by my parents turned me into an avid reader. I love books and I love to read. There are billions of books in the world today, in every language and every subject that you can think of, available for anyone to read.
These books are the product of all human endeavours since the beginning of time. Very few things in life are given to us or are free for the taking. Knowledge is one of these rare offerings. Through the magic of books, we all have access to the knowledge of the ages.
Do not let the opportunity to learn, pass you by. You are responsible for your education. Do not leave this responsibility to anyone else. There are more books available to you today than at any time in history.
The people who educate you and the people you work for, are usually more educated and possess larger vocabularies than you. You can even the playing by reading. Read lots and then read more.
You will be pleasantly surprised at your ability to improve your status in society with reading. Read every day and learn the words you are unfamiliar with.
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