A challenge has been given; I have accepted.
Daughter, Sherilee, has set down a blogging challenge for the month of September to enter a post every day of the month. Hmm... I already missed Day 1 and Day 2 but here I am, running to catch up. To see Sherilee's blog and read her challenge, click here.
Day 3 Challenge: What did you love about 'back to school' and how do you translate that to your adult life?
My school days were long ago and far away but I do remember ...
Probably the one thing I most enjoyed about school was the fact that school meant books. In my day, on the first day of school the text books would be distributed and you could look into those books that would carry you through the year. I would arrange my books ever so carefully in my desk, and I would bet that my eyes were larger than usual as I peeked inside each one. Even if the books were used and beat up I would love the feel, examine the binding, look at the words that were there for me to devour.
Books and reading were an important ingredient in my childhood. I remember specific books that I believe helped shape who I am today but that is for another blog post...
Ask anyone today who has spent time with me in the used book stores and they will tell you that it is an important stop. The musty old ones bring back the smells of old school books. I love it when someone hands me a book and says, "I loved it. I think you will too."
I have to say that holding a prospective read in my hand is about as thrilling for me as being in any situation where there is a lot of colour swatches/fabrics/samples laying about. A real high!!
Last week my sister Bobbi and I were going through part of my library so I could lend her some books. As we walked along the wall where some of the books are shelved I touched the books carefully and said things like, "Oh you will love this one!", or "Oh you will love this author" or "I cannot really remember the story in this one but I know I loved it at the time".
So if I were to tell you what one thing I remember most about returning to school, it would have to be that I was very excited about all the books, even those musty old, used text books.
"What we become depends on what we read after all of the professors have finished with us. The greatest university of all is a collection of books."
Where in the world (in this photo) is Shirley Ann? Hint: I was in 2nd grade here.
Can you see Mother (she also taught me 1st and 2nd grades). And my sisters, Sheila May and Bobbi?
"Learning is a treasure
that will follow its owner everywhere."
- Chinese Proverb
So, go read a good book... if you need some suggestions just come on by for a visit.
And above all, be well.
And above all, be well.