I have always loved to read. I remember sitting at home and reading alongside my mom, and just absolutely devouring the Nancy Drew books. I'm pretty sure I had the entire collection of hardcover books (which my parents still have saved!). As I got older, my love for reading only grew. We drove to Orlando a lot to visit my aunt, and I remember reading so much on those road trips.
I can actually recall one instance in maybe 3rd or 4th grade where I was made fun of for enjoying reading - I would take a book out to recess and sit in the shade reading - and a friend told me that I was going to let life pass me by while I was sitting there and reading. What she didn't know is that I was traveling to places I had only imagined in my mind. She also didn't know that her words didn't really bother me because I had read so many books with strong female characters who had also been made fun of or been through some kind of adversity. Reading had given me perspective and insight that I might not have otherwise learned, and I'm forever grateful for all the reading I did in those early years. There are a few reasons why I love reading.
A love of reading is also something I hope to pass on to both of my children, and I hope that they will follow by my example. We read together as much as we can, and I always encourage them to pick up a book, but I know that they will always follow what I am doing more quickly than what I am saying. So tell me, why do you love reading?
Now, go pick up a book!
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