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Word Prompts Help Creativity ~ Week 53-First
Dear friend Brenda gave us the word prompt ‘First’ this week. Our hubber friends came up with wonderful responses to the word prompt. The word prompt reminded me of how the first book that I read in my childhood changed my life completely. It made me develop a life long love for books. So my article is about it. Hope Brenda and my friends like my response.
Introduction to My First Book
One of the best parts of growing up was the joy of reading and immersion into the magical world of books. I found great joy in solitude, getting lost in a world of stories. My love of reading started when I was in the fifth grade probably. We were given a book from the school library each week, which I would finish reading within a day or two and borrow other books from friends and read. My first book turned out to be my first and forever love. The book was by Enid Blyton. It was a book from the Famous Five Collection. I was totally infatuated. But after school, in college the academics kept us busy. And the problem was accessing books. The idea of pocket money was unheard of, those days and there was no way of buying them. By this time, we had passed on from Enid Blytons and Butcharts and savored the pleasures of Agathe Christie, Stanley Gardner and P G Wodehouse thanks to the reading habits of older members of the family.
Books are the plane, and the train, and the road. They are the destination, and the journey. They are home.
— Anna Quindlen
The Magical World of Books Continued to Fascinate me
Things changed when I found a circulating library and immediately became a member of the same. Though it was at quite a distance from my home, I would tread regularly and continued the habit of reading. The library was a treasure house for a bibliograph. One could find everything that one wanted to read, comics, magazines and books. It was well stocked. We could find titles by James Hadley Chase, Arthur Hailey, Sidney Sheldon, Irving Wallace and many more. The subscription allowed a book a day, which I promptly kept up with. My visit to the library was now part of my daily routine. The abundant availability of books translated into the habit of reading anywhere and everywhere. I read while having dinner, on the pretext of studying all the while getting disapproving looks and lectures from elders at home. A novel was my constant companion that never failed to transport me into a wondrous world.
For some of us, books are as important as almost anything else on earth. What a miracle it is that out of these small, flat, rigid squares of paper unfolds world after world after world, worlds that sing to you, comfort and quiet or excite you. Books help us understand who we are and how we are to behave. They show us what community and friendship mean; they show us how to live and die.
— Anne Lamott
Times Change with the Advent of Technology
With the advent of technology, with the video boom, books gave way to tapes and then came the period of binge watching all the latest movies. The ability to watch movies at home created a sensation and one rented tapes and watched as many movies as possible. But the knowledge transfer one got from books could never be replaced. But times have changed now. There are numerous of acquiring knowledge nowadays. Technology has got us addicted to screens. But I can never forget the joy the first book brought me and got me into the habit of reading. The wonders of travelling into other worlds, enjoying solitude, avoiding the need for socialization, beating boredom, stimulating the mind and imagination, all of these which I gained from reading books. Being an Introvert also contributed to this attachment to books. I believe that my first book miraculously changed my life and made me a life long reader.
A Dream Fulfilled
My dream was to have a library of my own with books of my favorite authors. I am glad that I could fulfil that dream. I have a small collection of my most loved books of which I am quite gratified. It is also a hope that the future generations in the family will be inspired to inculcate the habit of reading by my small library at home. I wish that my children and grandchildren also experience the joy and wonder that I experienced when I read my first book. And that is also the reason I try to gift books to young members in the family on every occasion because books are the true treasures in life.
About Self Love
We are all flawed. Nobody is perfect. So instead of torturing ourselves about our images, would it not be great to be comfortable in one’s own body, the way it is. We need to love ourselves first. We could start the day being grateful for the life we have, being excited and looking forward to do something good with the life we have been blessed with. Because every person is unique in his or her own way. So, this acrostic poem is about self-love first.
Self Love First-An Acrostic Poem
First, I remind myself each day that
I do not need to care what others think of me
Remind myself that I will be true to my nature
Standing tall and facing the challenges
Thanking the lord for all the mercies.
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