Friday, June 8, 2012

Reading - The Mind's Food

Dear Claire,

In life you will learn that there are very few things you can truly call your own.  Everything is shared, communicated, and spilled out into the world at record pace.  It is during a time like this, that is even more crucial to find something that is yours and yours alone.  Reading can be this escape.

Reading, and a deep love for books, will be one of the greatest gifts you can indulge in.  Through reading you will learn about far away places, places just around the corner, and places that only an imagination can create.  You will learn about people who are like you, people who you want to be, and people you wish to avoid meeting.  You will also meet yourself.  You will find characters you feel so close to and understand so completely that you will wish they were real so that you could ask them questions, seek advice, and share a part of yourself with them.

Reading will teach you to empathize with others, to feel types of pain that you've never actually experienced, and to want to reach out and help those who need it.
Reading will teach you joy, to be so thrilled for a character and to want that same joy for those around you. 
Reading will teach you freedom, it will encourage you to travel, seek adventures, find new people for your life, and to know no limits for what you can accomplish.
Reading will teach you to imagine, to believe that a made-up land is completely real, so real that you can picture yourself there just as clearly as you can picture yourself here.

Growing up and growing older I have loved so many books, here are some of my favourites that I hope you'll read too:

Underground to Canada - Barbara Smucker
Starring Sally J Freeman as Herself - Judy Blume
Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing - Judy Blume
Witches - Roald Dahl
The Diary of Anne Frank - Anne Frank
The Bridges of Madison County - Robert James Waller
A Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood
Stranger Music - Leonard Cohen
The World According to Garp - John Irving
Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell
Harry Potter - J.K. Rawling (I've only read the first one so we can read the rest together!)

There are SOOOO many more - can't wait to read one with you :)

Love Mom

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