Since adding the 10 on 10 aspect to this blog, I have really started to look forward to the 10th of each month. Its a chance to just give without a reason or giving myself grief about “can I afford to do this?”, “is there a better way to spend this cash”… nope. Budgeted & its not my money – its to be shared. More than that its a chance to support in efforts I care about or are inspired by.
This month I am certainly inspired.
Having just finished a book within a couple of days, I am officially bitten by the reading bug. Started book number 3 of 2012 – still another non-fiction one that is slowly being read, but another fiction work has sucked me in. I know reading on the treadmill isn’t going to win any races, but it certainly made that 30 minutes fly faster than ever!
I am so grateful for being able to read.
Its a gift that my parents gave to me early in life. Teachers who knew that by learning to read, you give keys to life. So many lessons and secrets that would never be discovered otherwise are found within the pages bound in each cover. Knowledge, guidance, confirmation and reminders. Even a space to get away from life.. all discovered in books. The library was a place where we were very familiar, even before the days where my Dad retired from teaching to work there. New books were always coming into our house. So many nights spent together reading “just one more story” before we were tucked in & lights out.
Historically, (WAY back when) I know it was something taught to boys, not girls – since it was more for business and government which was not for the fairer sex. Now I am lucky enough to live in an era where barely anything is off limits for me as a girl. I can explore the world equally.
“Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.” ~Sir Richard Steele
Part of me still struggles with reading electronically, but it works. It is easy & I guess eco-friendly. But there is a magic beauty to be found in turning a page to find written words there for you to see.
So this month, I want to share the gift.
I want to help others to read.
There is nothing that will ever give me a glimpse into what the world is like for someone who is illiterate, but I know from work that there are adults locally who simply do not have the skill. It breaks my heart & I have to wonder what life they have had to endure to reach adulthood without anyone being there who was able to connect in a way that they learned.
“Reading is a basic tool in the living of a good life.” ~Mortimer J. Adler
So my gift this month is to the Cape Fear Literacy Council.
This group works hard to enable local residents to learn to read. They work with those who are just learning to read and people who are learning to understand English. They offer a place for everyone to grow in their learning.
What better gift to give right now?
Even when reality seems hard to face, a vacation from the day can be found in a book.
So thank you Mom & Dad. You have enabled me to go further than you can imagine by taking the time to share with me this love of reading. I know it probably wasn’t a quick or easy task, but I truly am grateful.