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Monday, December 29, 2014

Learning To Read Gives You Freedom

Books in a library
 
There are many ways learning to read gives you freedom.  To sit down to read a book can take you to another world, different states and to other countries.  If your life is not the way you want it to be right now reading will help you escape to another place.
 
Being able to read will help you in school.  The best thing any parent can do for their child is to teach them how to read because being able to read will take you so much farther in life. 
 
The most important thing reading and understanding what you read will do for you is to help you find a good job.  The one skill you need for most jobs is the ability to read.  I like to read for pleasure, but my husband reads for what he learns when he reads.  He reads engineering schematics, magazines on ham radio and anything to do with electronics. 
 
Computer engineers, lawyers, bankers, tellers, therapists, doctors, nurses, truck drivers, cooks, secretaries; all of them and more need to be able to read.  If you can't read, you're very limited in your choices for making a living.
 
When I was a kid my grandparents had a library at the top of their stairs that looked something like the one pictured. Only it was right at the top of the stairs, and there was a curtain covering the alcove where the books were.  It was my place to go to when I was about eleven or twelve when I needed a book to read.
 

I hope I have stressed the importance of learning how to read enough that if you have a problem you will get help. 
 
 

13 comments:

Rose Anderson said...

I agree! Best wishes for a new year, Sandy. :)

Sandy said...

Thank you, Rose! I hope you and your family have a wonderful new year.

Cara Marsi said...

Yes, Sandy, I agree. Reading opened a whole new world to me. When I first learned to read, I read everything I could get my hands on--billboards, cereal boxes. How wonderful that your grandparents had that library. My immigrant grandparents were semi-literate. But look at what their children and grandchildren were able to accomplish. And the ability to read had a lot to do with that.

Melissa Keir said...

What a wonderful post! With books, you can go anywhere. Recently there was a blind lawyer who was elected to the Michigan Supreme Court...he has one of his aides read him all the case law and other information on the cases that are coming up. It's his way because he can't read it himself. For him, he isn't upset but just puts the extra effort into being ready...Reading is so important!

Paris said...

Thanks for the wonderful post! As a child, I read everything I could get my hands on and remember being read to by grandparents and my parents. Reading opened up new worlds then as it does now. Melissa is right, reading can take you anywhere.

vicki batman said...

Hi, Sandra! As a child, I was very introverted and reading was my best friend. I love to read. I can't imagine not.

Sandy said...

Cara, it's wonderful your immigrant grandparents were able to help their children and grandchildren to have a better life.

What a wonderful story about the blind lawyer, Melissa.

Paris, I read everything I could get my hands on, too. At family gatherings, I often sit in a corner reading a book. Smile!

Vicki, I can't imagine not reading either.

jean hart stewart said...

Can't imagine life without books and reading! Just can't!!! Thanks for a great column....

Sandy said...

Thanks, Jean. I can't imagine a life without reading either.

Janice Seagraves said...

I fell in love with reading when I was in Jr. High. I could escape the harsh reality of my life through books.

Books don't judge you, they don't make fun, they don't pick fights, and when your ready to read they're ready to entertain. No batteries needed.

Sandy said...

Janice, books are all those things and more. Thank you for coming by.

Tina Donahue said...

Reading is freedom.

One of the things that really hit hard for me in "The Handmaid's Tale" was when the commander told Offred (his concubine) that the biggest mistake men had ever made was when they allowed women to read. He then added, "We won't make that mistake again."

OMG, I wanted to tear that SOB apart.

Reading is freedom.

Sandy said...

It's hard to believe men thought women shouldn't have an education or vote, but it's part of history. Reading is freedom, Tina.

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