As early as I can remember reading and books have always been a part of my life. Growing up on a farm far away from all of my neighbors when I was young provided me time to use my imagination through the stories in the books that I read. The complete tales of Charles Dickens, the Bible, and Bible stories that were brought to the farm by the Jehovah’s Witnesses traveling the backcountry roads delivering their message. Any of the books that I could find on the dusty bookshelves on my grandfather’s farm – I read them all. Each of these stories within the pages of the books made me feel less lonely and took me on adventures that I could live and gave me friends that I didn’t have.
I credit those early days of reading with developing both tools that I’ve used my entire life; the ability to use my imagination and the ability to express myself. Together these skills have allowed me to live a more creative and successful life.
I do hope parents won’t be caught up with today’s technology that makes it too easy to bother to stop and spend quality time with their children with a real book with words weaving stories that will help them express themselves throughout their lives. Words and how to use them will prove to be one of the strongest platforms in their lives. Ever.
* Please click on the link attached to ‘Ever.’ To watch a short video that fortifies my thoughts.
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