“The greatest gift is the passion for reading. It is cheap, it consoles, it distracts, it excites, it gives you knowledge of the world and experience of a wide kind. It is a moral illumination.” –Elizabeth Hardwick
I am thankful for the gift of good books. Nothing gives me as much pleasure as sitting down to read a book (except maybe for a good cup of tea or coffee and some music to accompany said book). Perhaps you read this poem by Emily Dickinson when you were in high school or college:There is no frigate like a book To take us lands away, Nor any any courses like a page Of prancing poetry. This traverse may the poorest take Without oppress of toll. How frugal is the chariot That bears the human soul.
How easy it is for us to take this gift for granted! Whether one prefers an e-reader or the feel of an actual book in hand, the ability to read is a treasure that should not be ignored. In fact, one of the greatest gifts a person can give to a child is to pass along and foster the love of reading. I read to my girls nightly when they were young, and now both of them read and have a love for words.
Speaking of reading, I’m going to close and go read one of the good books waiting on my nightstand. How about you? What are you reading right now?
Act of Thanksliving–
Don’t hoard your books! Consider these options for keeping your library light and others in good reading material:
1) Swap a book with a friend to double your reading pleasure,
2) Pass along a good book to a friend with absolutely no expectation of return,
3) Once you have read a book, donate it to your local library for their book sale,
4) Sign up for Paperbackswap.com and trade books with others for only the cost of postage,
5) Leave a book with a note in it about what you enjoyed in a public place for someone else to enjoy and pass along,
6) Give extra books to your local women’s or homeless shelters, or
7) give books to your local schools that are appropriate for English curricula or other courses.
The most important thing is to share your bounty and involve others in the gift of reading. An important part of thanksliving is sharing and learning to let go of possessions. Open hands and open hearts yield mighty and delightfully unexpected returns.
Photo by Horia Varlan used under Creative Commons License. Thanks!