I have loved to read since I was a kid. The day that I was directed toward the big kid reading area of the school library, instead of the boring baby books, was more exciting to me than if someone had handed me a pony. Judy Blume and Ramona the Brave beckoned me to join them and I eagerly immersed myself in their worlds. Kindergarten wasn’t a great introduction to the promise that school held. Dress-up, endless art projects, and carpet naps were not what I signed on for. The girl who threw up all over the dress-up area didn’t exactly sell me on the whole situation either. Grade one was exactly what I had been waiting for! I had a teacher who didn’t think I was a putz, and who actually believed in and encouraged me—shout out to Mrs. Alton of St. Raphael’s! I could read, and sit at a desk, and the crowning glory…I got to fill in for the teacher at story time and read to the class! Only one other girl had that privilege and I think we both felt pretty special. She’s a brilliant lawyer now, and I’m a washed up almost-accountant, so our paths diverged slightly there. I really should have put down my Sweet Valley High books and paid more attention to Nancy Drew.
When my family drove to Florida each year, we would stop at book stores on the way down, and I was in love — so much selection that we didn’t have at home. My parents would buy me a box set of books, and I would be finished them by the time we stopped the next day. I don’t ever remember them complaining about the cost of the books, even though I know we didn’t have lots of money for extras. They must have recognized how important reading was to me.
I have to make an active effort to carve out reading time now that I am an adult, and I always feel a twinge of guilt when I buy myself a book. Meanwhile my kids’ personal libraries are overflowing.
I like to read books on my Kobo because it is easy to pop in my purse and read whenever I can grab a spare moment. Like at school pick-up. Or when I sense impending awkward small talk.
Reading ebooks makes me feel a little less guilty for treating myself because they are often much less expensive than printed books, and they are also kinder to the the trees. Because books don’t have to grow on trees! Although a book tree is starting to sound pretty awesome right now. I’m planting it next to my chocolate tree (Dora has one, so why can’t I?), my money tree, and my cookie tree (Cookie Monster and the Cookie Tree was one of my favourite books when I was little).
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Disclosure – I was compensated to write this post. So I can buy books and chocolate since that money tree turned out to be a cactus.