I have always been an avid reader.
Some of my most comforting and strongest memories of being a child involve books: curling up on a Saturday morning with a Rupert Bear book from the school library; poring over Scholastic book order forms to choose the best books and the delicious anticipation of waiting for them to arrive; sitting on a chair in the kitchen reading Joseph and the Coat of Many Colors with a lump in my throat and tears in my eyes.
I still have many of the books I read as a child like Mr. Pudgins, The Bobbsey Twins at the Lakeshore, The Velvet Room and Old Charlie. I look forward to sharing them with my grandchildren one day; I hope they like them as much as I did.
I remain an avid reader to this day; my home is filled with books. In addition to reading actual books, I read eBooks on my Kindle, my iPad, and I’ve even been known to read on my smartphone. I am an incurable and happy bibliophile.
I read because I love the written word; I love the cadence of a finely tuned sentence; I love the fact that words can touch something deep within me and bring me to tears or laughter. Through the written word I can be transported to places I will never have an opportunity to visit; I can learn about people I will never have an opportunity to meet. Words can teach me about another person’s point of view and have the potential to change my mind about an issue.
I write because I love the written word; I enjoy playing with words to make them say what I want them to; I find fulfillment in letting words flow out of me onto paper or a computer screen. Recently I was going through some writing I did many years ago and I came across this from 1983. “Sometimes I hold my feelings in too long and I overflow onto paper.” Not much has changed since then.
I hope one day the words in my memoir will touch something in someone that will make a difference; that is why I write.
By the way my interview with Jennifer Lauck, author of Found, is over at Story Circle Book Reviews. Found touched my emotions, showed me another perspective, and educated me. I hope you will pop over and read the interview; Jennifer has much to teach us about adoption.
Now let me hear from you. Why do you write? Why do you read? What books do you remember from your childhood?