Sharing the Love of Reading

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I'm sitting on the bed beside my mom as she reads to me from “Oh the places you'll go” by Dr. Seuss. My head is on her shoulder and her voice changes with each description. She asks me questions every time a page turns. “Where do YOU want to go”, she asks. It's not the first time we have read this book and, at 5 years old, I have lots of ideas of where I want to go. Sometimes it is to Granny and Grandpa's, sometimes it's to the moon. She asks me where I'll go when I'm sad or in a “Slump”. My answer for that is always, “I'll come home to you!” She laughs and keeps reading. By the time I'm 5, this scenario has played out many times as I get to pick out the book that we read before bed each night. At least once a week, I choose this book. I didn't realize, at the time, how important these times were. Looking back, I realize that each night spent reading books instilled in me the importance to read, taking what you read and broadening your mind, of taking what you read and applying it to yourself, and also, most of all, the importance of taking time to share that love of reading with someone.
“What direction will you go?”, she might ask. “UP!”, I would say. With every question she would ask, I would have to think. I always wanted to give a different answer, because I never knew where it might take me. The hows, the whys, the wheres were all ways that she would teach me to think about what we were reading. “What could happen?” was always one of my favorite questions. This one would make me think harder, to broaden my mind to the possibilities of something new that could happen on my journey.
The question of “What will you do if you're in The Waiting Place?” was one that, as a little girl, I didn't really understand. My answer for that was usually “I don't know!” and my mom would say, “Think about it! Maybe next time you will know”. This is a…...

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