Sunday is Mother's Day. I could go on and on about how much I love and appreciate my mother. There is one everlasting gift I'd like to say "thank you" for this year. It's something I am grateful for each day--the love of reading.
Money may have been tight growing up, but library cards were free. I couldn't wait for our weekly trips to the library. I'd browse for hours before leaving with as many books as my little arms could carry. I participated in summer reading competition and family vacations always included books on tape (from the library, of course).
One of my fondest childhood memories was listening to mom read aloud. With incredible patience and passion, she brought to life imaginary characters and flights of fancy. I could listen for hours without interrupting, except for the occasional encouragement to "keep reading, mom". One more chapter was never enough.
My mother instilled ideas, values and a passion for reading into me and my two siblings. What precious gifts these books! They contained fantastic tales, moral lessons, creative ideas, and enduring principals; allowing me to discover the world for myself. My mom has given me more then I deserve and I am truly blessed. How can I repay such a gift? The only way I know how, by sharing it.
Thank you mom and Happy Mother's Day!